Something really big is on the cards. It is something that holds the potential to revolutionize the power generation capacity of India. Renewable energy is the need of the hour because it is the only sustainable way that will never run out. Besides, renewable energy is free from carbon dioxide or other chemical pollutants, so has minimal impact on the environment. With the growing rate of pollution in the country, it is important to bring down the amount of carbon footprint and switch to clean energy.
Giving impetus to the Government of India’s vision of providing power to every corner of India by 2022, Adani Group has shaped World’s largest solar project at a single location. They have set up a 648 MW solar photovoltaic plant in Kamuthi in the Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, 90 km away from Madurai.
Solar power generation is the now the most convenient way of generating renewable energy owing to the ever-increasing environmental challenges.
The gargantuan structure of this mega project is spread across 3,000 acres of land. The area is a solar puzzle that actually includes 7,700 km of wires of different shapes and thickness, a length which is more than the distance between India and Australia.
The Kamuthi power plant also has three outdoor warehouses that measure 1,20,000 sqm to store panels, cables, and module mounting structures, an area which can fit up to six opera houses.
Starting in 2015, Adani Group has been able to set up the plant in the record time of eight months and this has happened due to the dedication of the people who were all behind the project. There were 8,500 people who worked relentlessly day and night to make this project successful. They all braved the heat waves, technical challenges and even the terrible El Nino that caused the Chennai floods last year. All their efforts paid off on 31 March 2016 as the plant became ready for commissioning.
Standing tall as the world’s largest solar power plant in a single location, the numbers speak for themselves. The Adani Green Energy Tamil Nadu Ltd at Kamuthi will generate a maximum of 648 MW that is expected to electrify 3.92 lakhs homes. That’s like powering up 80% of New Delhi. 648 MW of clean, green electricity being generated and exported from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
The Logical Indian applauds Adani group for their immense contribution to the welfare of the country. They are now working with the Rajasthan Government to set up a 10,000 MW Solar Park, which will become one of the largest in the country. We hope all the electricity woes will be solved with efforts like these and everyone in the country has access to electricity.
Have you ever spotted a speeding car without a care for the traffic signal? Ever spotted a person rushing to the other side of the road when the traffic light is green? Ever seen bikers use pavements as roads to save a few minutes? Ever seen cars change lanes on highways or rush hour traffic on a whim? Well, so have thousands of other Indians.
Road safety in India is a serious concern. For a country that boasts the second largest road network in the world, it is inarguable that we need to pay more attention to our safety on roads – a place where we step out every day, spend a handsome amount of our time.
The government has come up with several regulations on road safety, but is this enough? Not if awareness around the topic is still lacking.
The intention behind the initiative is to bring together lawmakers, local authorities, traffic police and citizens under one umbrella.
The cities will be rated on parameters such as Pedestrian Rights, Road Lighting and Maintenance, Motor Laws and Traffic Control, Emergency Services, Road Cleanliness, Connectivity, Road Transport Infrastructure, Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management, Road Safety, Differently abled friendly, Road Quality and Road Safety For Children.
Here are the ten cities that were chosen for Road Safety Index 2018 and the reasons that make their roads safe or unsafe:
Mumbai has facilities for the differently-abled like reservations in public transports, special train compartments, concessions on fares, etc. The city that never sleeps scored the best when it comes to citizens’ participation in making the city accepting and warm toward the differently-abled. It won the category ‘Differently-Abled Friendly’.
However, there are areas of improvement – illegal hawkers, pavements and footpaths need to be fixed or reconstructed.
Anyone who hails from the capital of West Bengal knows about its recreational parks and brightly lit streets. Its traffic police deserve special mention for redirecting rush traffic every day as Kolkata roads are narrow and many are one-way streets.
During Durga Puja, the city tries to make Pandals differently-abled friendly by installing ramps.
It won the categories – ‘Road Lighting & Maintenance’ and ‘Road Safety For Children’.
But the City of Joy needs to work more on giving its residents #HappyRoads. Issues of waterlogging and numerous street hawkers, roadside vendors in busy areas need to be solved.
There’s no one who’s been to Delhi and not praised its excellent connectivity. Delhi prides itself for broad roads, top-notch metros, pavements and foot over bridges. The national capital surely serves as an example for cities across India when it comes to road connectivity hence, it won the categories ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Road Quality’ in the Road Safety Index.
While Delhi has made many of its public places differently-abled friendly, the areas that need improvement are long hours in traffic, fixing of roads that pose a hindrance to daily commute and rash driving by bikers.
The city boasts well-marked zebra crossings, adequate footpaths for pedestrians, underground SMART dustbins, reduced encroachments. Raipur fares well in almost all parameters of road safety. It won the category of ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Pedestrian Rights’.
However, the city could do better with stricter fines for traffic violators and awareness about road safety and garbage disposal.
Other cities can take inspiration from Chennai on how to ensure good road safety. The city has wide, well-connected roads that are lit properly. It also boasts rigorous night patrolling where traffic rules violators are fined. One of the best initiatives taken by Chennai is the separate parking space on city roads that prevent traffic from accumulating. It came out on top in the category ‘Motor Laws & Traffic Control’.
Areas where Chennai needs to improve are street lighting and cleanliness.
Indore is one of the few cities that has used plastic waste for construction of roads and covered garbage disposals, which explains why the city won the ‘Road Cleanliness’ category. Indore also has adequate zebra crossings, visual signals, street lights, footpaths.
But areas where the city needs improvement are – strict action against traffic violators, public spaces more differently-abled friendly.
There is a lot to learn from the road safety measures implemented by Ahmedabad – sound medical facilities, separate lanes for local buses, special cab service for differently-abled, wide roads. Ahmedabad won in the category ‘Emergency Services’, ‘Road Transport Infrastructure’ and ‘Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management’.
If the Heritage City improves road safety awareness among citizens, it’s bound to fare even better. Better street lighting and lesser encroachments will work in favour of Ahmedabad.
The other cities shortlisted were Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad but they didn’t win any category.
Maruti Suzuki’s initiative to rank cities will encourage citizens and administration to do better and emerge on top.
The Logical Indian community wholeheartedly appreciates the various initiatives undertaken by Maruti-Suzuki in this direction. Not only the government but we, as citizens of this country, should also pledge to make our roads safe. One of the first steps towards this is that we understand our duties.
We hope the authorities take a note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads.
For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Indexclick here.