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December 06, 2018

Bombay HC First To Get Solar Power Plant


On December 3, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, in the presence of Chief Justice (CJ) of Bombay High Court Naresh Patil, Administrative Judge Ravi Deshpande, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, High Court Bar Association (HCBA) President Anil Kilor, and Secretary Prafull Khubalkar, commissioned a solar power plant of 200 kW at the Nagpur bench of the Court.

The event was organized at the main portion of the HC building which was illuminated with new lighting system powered by the solar plant and was well-attended by many eminent personalities, including former and current judges, senior lawyers, as well as law students.

The initiative, which sets a precedent for government and semi-government institutions, will save power expenditure by about Rs 40 lakh per year, in addition to effectively reducing the growing issue of pollution to a significant extent.

Outlining his plans of utilizing solar energy for the entire HC building as well as bungalows of the judges, CM Fadnavis said, “About a decade back, any talk of green energy was considered to be elitist as there was hardly any concern for environment. However, we are experiencing vagaries of nature for the last many years due to climatic changes and global warming. As a result, Maharashtra is facing drought for the last four years in a row due to erratic rainfall.”

Guardian Minister Bawankule informed that the CM had cleared Rs 2 crore for utilizing solar energy for the entire HC building as well as the bungalows of the judges by setting up a 100kW solar power plant and added that the district and sessions court also would soon be turned into utilizing solar energy.

Thereafter, CJ Patil said, “This is the first project to be executed by active participation from the state and the judiciary. With the help of District Mineral Council, Justices Bhushan Gavai and Bhushan Dharmadhikari had shown interest and laid its foundation stone.”

Subsequently, Justice Deshpande also commended the initiative stating that it had given a facelift to the HC building under the guidance of HCBA President Kilor. Noting that the project completion deadline was six months, Justice Deshpande highly praised the team for completing it in just 40 days.

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