The ministry of shipping has constituted a panel to explore setting up of 200 MW solar and wind energy project on the land located at Kandla port, Nitin Gadkari, Union ministry of shipping, road, highways and transport, said on Tuesday. “Kandla port has 1.5 lakh acres of land which is low cost and economically viable for all ports to invest in solar and wind projects and then wheel energy through the national grid. The cost of solar energy per unit has dropped to Rs 2.63 per unit and capital cost of wind energy too has dropped, which will help all ports cumulatively save Rs 600-700 crore annually,” Gadkari said at the conclave on Green Ports & Oil Spill Management – 2017 held in Mumbai.
The conclave was organised by the Indian Federation of Green Energy (IFGE) in association with ministry of shipping, Sagarmala, Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), Indian Ports Association (IPA) and Shipping Corporation of India (SCI). Apart from the ports sector, Sagarmala will have 14 industrial clusters with a cumulative investment of Rs 12 lakh crore as part of port-led development that will also be cost-effective and economically viable by consuming green power, Gadkari added.
Sanjay Bhatia, chairman of Mumbai Port Trust and Indian Ports Association, said: “Keeping in the mind the need for environmentally friendly sustainable options, the conclave will deliberate and conclude with future green energy plan for ports as also standard operating procedure in case of oil spillage.”
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Tracing the road map for a sustainable environment, Bhatia recalled the earth summit at Rio de Janeiro and the Kyoto Protocol in 1992, the Bali Summit and the recently held Paris convention through which India has offered an international commitment along with several countries located between tropic of cancer and tropic of capricorn to produce green energy. Mumbai port wants to be a model for the entire country by ensuring that not an iota of waste will be wasted and all the sewage will be completely recycled within three-four years, Bhatia said.
Indian ports across the 7,517-km coastline have embarked on a mission to promote green energy and improve carbon foot-print, and in the process, reduce per capita power cost by over 50%. So far, major ports have already commissioned 16 MW solar and 6 MW wind power projects to achieve the target of developing 175 MW of non-conventional energy from solar and wind power by 2022, including 69 MW of rooftop solar projects.