Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eco-friendly Thyagraja Stadium to be inaugurated on Apr 2: Sheila

The new all-green Thyagraja Stadium, which will host the event of netball during the Commonwealth Games, will be inaugurated on April 2, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said today.

Speaking on the occasion of signing of an agreement between Public Works Department and Indraprasth Gas Limited (IGL) for supply of 30,000 square cubic meter (scm) natural gas
per day to gas turbines at the first ever eco-friendly green stadium in the country, Ms Dikshit said this was the only stadium for the Commonwealth Games, which has been constructed right from the scratch.

It has been constructed as per green building concept which includes rainwater harvesting and rainwater use, effluent treatment plant, use of fly ash bricks, heat insulation through cavity walls, glazing with double insulated glass and thermal insulation on roof and wall.

The concept also includes conservation of water through use of recycled water for flushing and horticulture, adjustable flow taps with censors, dual knob flushing, solar power generator of 1 MW, use of clean fuel, which means gas turbine type generator sets and heat recovery for use in chillers.

As per the agreement organised at Old Secretariat here in presence of Ms Dikshit and Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Jitin Prasada, the IGL would be supplying 30,000 scm per day of natural gas for 3.5 MW gas turbines installed at the stadium, which would be producing power through this on the principle of Cogeneration where waste heat from turbine exhaust would be used to run 1300 TR VAM for air-conditioning.

Director (Commercial), Manmohan Singh signed on behalf of IGL and Superintending Engineer (Electrical) A K Mittal signed on behalf of the PWD.

PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, Principal Secretary (PWD) K K Sharma, Secretary (Power) Rajendra Kumar, Chairman IGL Radhakrishnan and other senior officers were present on this occasion.

IGL has already laid pipeline to connect the stadium.

The installation of metering and regulating station is almost complete and the gas supply is expected to start in the last week of March.

Ms Dikshit said the power generated will be more than enough for the consumption of lights and air-conditioning of 1300 tonnes for stadium without any additional cost with vapour absorption machine using exhaust gases generated by turbine.

The 3.5 MW power after the Games will remain available for Delhi or it may be fed to National Grid.

Ms Dikshit conveyed her gratitude to the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and IGL for providing CNG to Delhi for shifting its entire public transport system from diesel to CNG.

Delhi now has the largest CNG-operated vehicles in the world. Keeping in view the increased demand of CNG in Delhi efforts are on to commission 55 new CNG stations out of which 21 have already been commissioned.

She assured that her government will provide all possible help to IGL for expansion of Piped Natural Gas (PNG) service across the Capital city as PNG is convenient, safe and hassle-free.

She also referred to various green initiatives of the government, which have gone a long way in making Delhi the greenest Capital in the world. She reiterated her commitment to facilitate expansion of PNG service and increase of CNG stations.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jitin Prasada said signing of MoU between PWD and IGL may be described as a humble initiative but it will be definitely have a far-reaching effect in environmental protection.

He said the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is committed to encourage other non-conventional sources of energy. He assured Delhi of more CNG supply for functional stations and other industrial use.

On this occasion, Mr Prasada announced that the Ministry of Petroleum has decided to bring all colonies of Delhi under the ambit of PNG service. The IGL plans to add one lac new PNG connections in the current financial year.

The network has connected nearly 1,80,000 households and commercial establishments. MOS Petroleum stated that 200 cities in the country have been identified for PNG service.

The IGL is meeting fuel requirements of nearly 3.5 lac vehicles running on CNG in NCR.

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