OREDA, NEERI sign MoU to develop Biju Patnaik Energy Park


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has signed an MoU with National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur to give support as Transaction Advisor for up-gradation and operation of Biju Patnaik Energy Park, Bhubaneswar.

This was revealed in a review meeting chaired by Science and Technology, Public Enterprises and Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department Minister Ashok Chandra Panda. The park was set up under Special Area Demonstration Programme (SADP) of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and is directly managed by OREDA.

The park has been divided into distinct activity zones namely Urja, Oriana, Aditya, Mitra, Bhaskar and Ishban which respectively represent the waste to energy resource centre, children’s corner, indoor exhibit gallery, conference room, interactive media centre and office.

Besides, there are several outdoor exhibits which are either live demos or working models of different renewable energy devices which depict their working principles, applicability and a host of other information. Each of the activity zones and the exhibits have a great deal to offer to the inquisitive visitors.

The Minister hoped that the OREDA will successfully complete all the pipeline projects such as electrification of 14,000 households under ‘Soubhagya’, 1820 Solar Drinking Water System, 175 irrigation pumps, installation of Solar Power Plant at 29 of Kasturaba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBVs) and 40 Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya (OAVs), 160 kw Rooftop Solar PV Power Plant at ST &SC Urban Hostels, 350 kw Rooftop Solar PV Power Plant at different ST & SC School Hostels, Project Management Consultancy for 2.5 MW Solar Power Plant for ARC, Charbatia, 11,000 of Solar Street Lighting System and distribution of 3257 no improved cook stove in Anganwadi Centre in Keonjhar under DMF.

It was also revealed in the meeting that Besides NEERI-Nagpur, OREDA has signed important MoUs with IIT, Bhubaneswar and Odisha Livelihood Mission and it has got cross sectoral engagement with the departments of ST and SC Development, Agriculture and FE, Water Resources, Forest and Environment, Home, Panchayatiraj and Drinking Water, Housing and Urban Development, Revenue and Disaster management, WCD and Mission Shakti and Health and Family Welfare.

The financial progress of OREDA has touched 244.61 crore in 2018-19 from 34.62 crore in 2013-14, it was further revealed.

Science and Technology Secretary Bhaskar Sarma, OREDA Chief Executive Roopa Mishra, Director (Administration) Bishnupriya Sahoo along with other officers attended the review meeting.

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