Tuesday, April 1, 2014

450 households in Udgur and Kadakola to be electrified using solar energy

With the entire State going through acute power shortage in recent days due to several reasons, it is not only industries who are hit hard but even villagers who depend on power for irrigating their lands, have been equally affected by the power cut, not to mention remote housholds who go without power for several days.

Realising this is the opportunity to popularise renewable energy, Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Limited (KRIDL) has asked the Panchayat Development Officers to provide details of the villages in the district to make them completely solarised, so they can get uninterrupted power supply.

In the same, KRIDL has selected two villages, one at Udgur a remote village situated in HD Kote Taluk and the other, Kadakola in Nanjangud Taluk to make them completely solar village.

There are around 1,000 households in both the village and after the successful commissioning of the solar power inverters, more than 450 households in these villages will be lighted up with eco-friendly, renewable and sustainable solar energy.

KRIDL will be providing four lights to each household costing Rs 20,000. The villagers will get a subsidy of Rs.4000 and the balance has to be paid by them in easy installments. Villagers especially women will be taught about the importance of renewable energy and will be maintained by youngsters who have been provided with special training.

KRIDL Project Engineer DK Dinesh Kumar said that because of the drastic power cuts the villagers don't get power after sunset to light their homes. Hence,  steps are being taken to popularise the use of solar energy in all villages as it is clean and efficient. Solar energy is affordable and easily available alternative energy source. By using solar energy it will ease the domestic work as well as cut down the expenditure.

“Even though several households in the villages have access to electricity from ESCOMs, it is of no use due to frequent power cuts. Women continue to use candles (paraffin) or kerosene lamps to light their houses, while use firewood for cooking and all these release more cabon-di-oxide to the atmosphere and are not environment friendly. Added to it women are exposed to health risks as they inhale the toxic fumes produced daily. So villagers are being educated to use the alternative energy,” he added.


Mysore Palace to house Solar Energy Park

In future it is not merely the beautiful gardens, marvelous architecture, illumination and temples of Mysore Palace that will draw the attention of tourists but another attraction will be soon added to the list, an energy park, powered entirely from solar.

The world-famous Mysore Palace which attracts thousands of tourists every year will soon house a solar energy park at the North East side of the Palace. The power generated by this will be used to run fans, television, garden lights, and many more.

The park to be set up at the entrance of Jaya Marthandaiah Gate at an investment of Rs 50 lakh, will be funded by Central Government under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Similar parks will be set up at Dariya Doulath in Srirangapatna and Somanathpura near T Narasipura at a cost of Rs 25 lakh under MNRE.

The parks are being setup as part of an initiative by the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) to educate people about benefits of using solar energy for domestic and commercial applications, alongside various other forms of non-conventional energy.

The energy park houses solar lights, solar garden lights, solar huts, solar TV, solar cookers, solar toy cars and solar hut among many others. To aid farmers, models of solar photovoltaic water pumps will also be displayed in the park.

Through Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant (Solar Hut) people will be educated about storing energy and how to run household appliances using only solar energy. According to sources, the hut being set up  similar to Bangalore Energy park consisting of a weighing machine, television, refrigerator and a computer running on captive power of solar energy.

Mysore District KREDL Project Engineer DK Dinesh Kumar said, Mysore Palace, Dariya Doulath and Somanathpura were selected for the development of energy park, as it attracts lakhs of tourists every year.
“As Mysore is one of the cities selected under solar city project, the park when set-up will be very useful to educate people about solar energy,” he added.


Now, hear classical music by just a click

Here comes the good news for connoisseur of music. Now you can hear any of the classical music songs of yesteryear at the click of a button. Ganabharathi in association with TAG Corporation Chennai and Madras Music Academy has set up a music archive – a listening device, in which the listeners can select any composition of any singers.

The TAG digital music achieves will be inaugurated on September 6 by MMA President N Murali at 5.30 pm. Ganabharathi has created website of its own and it will be launched by Suttur Seer Sri Shivaratri Deshikendra Swamiji.

According to a press release from Ganabharathi President CG Narasimhan the songs have been uploaded in server and its consists of about 150 musicians of Hindustani and Carnatak music.

If anyone want the hear any recordings of the songs, can visit the Center, which is equipped with ten computers and about 1000 hours of song, which will be extended to another 1000 hours in the coming days. Music lovers, students can use the facility at free of cost.

MMA Murali has plants to set up more listening devices at Kalakshetra in Chennai, Chembai Music College in Palakkad, Kerala and may other places.

Mysore University goes Wi-Fi:
1500 post graduation students can access internet at free cost

University of Mysore Information and Communication Division (ICD) will launch a wireless network (Wi-Fi) facility in Manasagangotri campus by next month.

The technology has been launched in the sprawling area of 80 acres of Manasagangotri campus and a 100 feet height tower has been installed in Manasagangotri campus and 50-52 access points have been erected on Canteen, Crawford Hall, Maharaja College, and various other departments.

Using MIMO Technology (Multiple In and Multiple Out), Bangalore MOURA Info Tech have completed the work within three months, under Institution of Excellency Projects 100 crore grants.

Around 1500 students, research persons, teaching and non-teaching staff, visiting scientist, professors can access the internet at free of cost for about 8-9 months, depending on their project.

ICD Co-Ordinator and Department of Studies in Computer Chairperson Prof G Hemanthkumar said that Rs 64 lakhs has been spent for this project. Pertaining to security basis MAC address will be provided with a ID card of the university, where the users can access the internet.

He said that on trial basis about 300 students are using this facility from last week and a good response is evoked.


Guide book in braille for visually impaired visiting Palace

Earlier the blind and visually impaired visiting Mysore Palace had to contend by merely listening to the verbal descriptions of the guide but now they can read those descriptions and feel it.

In an innovative step to provide complete information to visually challenged tourists about the city Palace, Mysore Palace Board is coming out with a tourist guide printed in Braille not just in English but also in other regional languages as well.
Just a month ago, Palace Board Unveiled the 100 “Braille tourist guide” book in English. Among 100 books about 92 books have been distributed to the needy people so far.

Following the overwhelming response and collecting feedback from the visually impaired, now Palace Board not only printing its 2nd edition in English, instead is translating the book into Kannada, Hindi and all other regional languages of Braille.

The 90 pages guide features history of palace, Wadiyar dynasty and rulers, architectural designs, temples in the place and much more details. The books are being printed at Deaf and Dumb Braille Government Printing Press.

The books are distributed to deaf and visually impaired at free of cost. Place Guides have been asked to inform the needy people about the Guide Book.

As there is only option to print the book in Kannada and English,  at government Printing press, Palace Board is asking government to update the technology and facilitate to print the regional languages book here only.

Palace board deputy director TS Subramanya said that complete tourist information has been printed in the guide book. “Translation to Kannada Braille is all most over and shortly the books will be brought out. While, other languages translations are on process.”


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