Taking a step towards a better future, Vizag Port in Andhra Pradesh will run all its operations on solar power from next month onwards.
This was disclosed by MT Krishna Babu, Chairman of Vizag Port Trust (VPT), at a road show in Hyderabad on the Maritime India Summit (MIS) to be held in April, in Mumbai.
The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) has already commissioned 2 MW of its energy use to solar capacity and is all set to commission another 8 MW by March 20 next month.
Talking about this proud moment, Krishna Babu said that they will be the first major port in the country to run its entire operations on solar energy and disclosed that VPT had spent over Rs 60 crore to set up the solar plants.
According to Devendra K Rai, Director, Union Ministry of Shipping, their target is to start 135 MW of solar power projects by the year 2020.
He also said that the target is to cover eight major ports under this programme, namely – JNPT, Paradip, Kamarajar, Kandla, V O Chidambaranar, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata and New Mangalore.
Besides Solar power, the Ministry of Shipping is also planning to commission 50 MW of energy to wind energy projects, that they plan to develop in V O Chidambaranar, Chennai and New Mangalore ports before 2020.
With regard to these energy projects, Rai disclosed that the ministry was consulting with McKinsey, who have already submitted a draft National Perspective Plan. He also said that they even held a presentation for Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on February 11 in this regard. He then went on to add:
“It (the draft NPP) will be put on website for feedback very soon. This particular plan will guide us for the next 10-20 years as to how the maritime sector as a whole can grow…. We are also developing 78 lighthouses (including 34 island lighthouses) as tourist hubs and cruise terminals at Mormugao, Chennai, Mumbai and Cochin.”