Trichy to have so­lar-pow­ered bus shel­ters

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Eigh­teen so­lar pow­ered bus shel­ters and so­lar pow­ered lights will be set up in Trichy as part of the Tamil Nadu So­lar En­ergy Pol­icy 2012. Con­struc­tion of four of the bus shel­ters has al­ready com­menced in Karu­man­da­pam area of the city. Af­ter Delhi, Trichy is the sec­ond city in In­dia to have so­lar pow­ered bus shel­ters.

The roof of the shel­ters will be made of fi­bre glass, gen­er­at­ing around 200 watts power. An 11 watt light can be used to light up the shel­ter us­ing the power gen­er­ated. Ad­di­tion­ally, all bus shel­ters will also be equipped with cell phone charg­ers pow­ered by so­lar en­ergy.

The funds re­quired for con­struc­tion of the shel­ters and so­lar lights have been sanc­tioned by an AIADMK min­is­ter from the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Lo­cal Area De­vel­op­ment Fund. The shel­ters and so­lar lights are expected to be set up at a cost of Rs 99.70 lakh, with Rs 92.5 lakh set aside for bus shel­ters and Rs 7.20 lakh for so­lar power lights. The bus shel­ters cost be­tween Rs 4.5-9 lakh apiece.

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