GHMC's Pioneering Energy Theme Park To Take-Off in KPHB by Mid-February

Hyderabad: The energy theme park in KPHB Phase VII is all set to become the city’s first self-sustainable lung space, powered with solar panels and a windmill. The work will be complete in February.

Though it is still under development, the civic body has already saved Rs 73,000, because no money was spent on electricity for maintaining greenery, the windmill and solar panels providing power for the water motors, illumination and construction works.

The corporation has already started exporting surplus solar electricity to the grid an official of the GHMC said. According to GHMC records, the capacity of the solar panels is 8.75 kW. These panels are placed on a solar-panelled tree and a solar-panelled pergola, which are also major attractions in addition to the windmill with one kW capacity.

The other attractions include, specially designed benches equipped with LED screens, another LED that is bigger than the ones installed at benches and, of course, the Telangana map, which will be illuminated at night. Speaking about the self-sustainable lung space, the officials said that, on an average, the park is generating 52 units of power. "Out of the total units, 42 units are used for consumption and the remaining 10 units are being exported," said a GHMC official.

As regards the LED screens, he said, "We have already given a provision where even cricket matches can be screened. Whether the screens will be used to screen entertainment programmes, advertise public welfare schemes or for revenue generation through private advertisements are yet to be decided,” he said. The final call on this will be taken by senior ministers.

What was once an eyesore for people with frequent water logging and garbage dumping, this park has transformed the over 0.5 acre land, where it is getting readied, into a self-sustainable lung space that boasts of exclusive children's play area, lush greenery and walkways.

Apart from focusing on greenery, the GHMC is developing more theme parks. The interactive science park in Hitec City is another example of a lung space that is different from the regular parks. Meanwhile, spaces under flyovers are also set to be converted into small parks.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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