The Vijayawada-Guntur-Tenali-Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA) is coming up with a complex wich could generate power for in-house consumption as well as for sale on commercial lines. The structure of the proposed premises of the UDA central office has been designed with ultramodern technology. The government has released Rs 16.50 crore for the construction of the multi-storied complex at Lenin centre here. “An integrated photo voltaic thermal insulating system will be used in construction of both walls and roofs to produce about 12 lakh units of power annually,” explained the outgoing vice-chairman of UDA, GSRKR Vijaya Kumar. While the annual consumption of the office is expected to be around six lakh units, the remaining six lakh units could be sold to the power utilities, he said. In addition to the solar power, the architects have also planned to produce power through wind. Small ventilator fans would be fixed in all the windows to tap the wind flowing out to generate power. In fact, it has been designed to utilise maximum daylight in the office to minimise the power consumption.It is really a novel project in many ways,” said
Municipal minister M Maheedhar Reddy while laying foundation stone for the structure here on Saturday said that the officials heading the urban civic bodies should come up with new ideas for utilising technology to reduce burden on the state exchequer. “We are giving huge funds to the urban civic bodies under various schemes and programmes. Utilising them in a proper way is important,” he said. The minister also laid the foundation stone for the rope way project from Bhavanipuram river front project, Bhavani island which would be taken up at a cost of Rs 7 crore. Later, speaking to reporters, Maheedhar Reddy said the government was prepared to conduct municipal elections whenever the courts allowed them to go ahead. He said that government would examine the need and feasibility of converting Vijayawada city into greater Vijayawada municipal corporation. School education minister K P Saradhi, MP Lagadapati Rajagopal and city legislators were also present.