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Ghorabandha may get its energy park

The solar museum in Ranchi’s Sidho-Kanho Park may have been eclipsed by a manpower crunch, but a similar facility is on the anvil in Jamshedpur.

Around 10 acres in Ghorabandha could host the second energy park in the state that is being conceptualised with the purpose of educating visitors, especially youngsters. Managing director of Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) Ashok Kumar said a detailed plan report with Ghorabandha Park in mind was being drafted at present.

Although he didn’t give any specific reason why the particular site was being chosen for the purpose, insiders maintained it could have something to do with the fact that chief minister Arjun Munda’s ancestral home was nearby. “After seeing Ranchi’s energy park and facilities, he wanted something of the sort to be developed there as well,” said a source.

The theme park in Ghorabandha is picturesque and well maintained and hosts bio-diversity as well.

“It is frequented by people of all age groups. Therefore, it is an ideal place for creation of a facility like an energy park that needs footfalls,” said a source.

Kumar said funds would not be a deterrent as the state government is treating renewable energy as one a priority area to reduce dependency on exhaustible resources.

“We have been undertaking solar power related projects in the state and energy parks too are one of the mandates we are working on. Once the plan takes shape, the exact amount of funds could be ascertained,” said the managing director.

Talking about the plan, he said it will not be an exact replica of the solar project in Ranchi, but the museum would be a common factor.

“After discussions with officials in our department, we decided not to create a replica so that each park could retain its own individuality. Museum would be there but other components are being finalised. We hope that by early next year, the project would start taking shape,” said Kumar.

While tall claims and plans get announced at regular intervals in this state, successful execution and implementation has always been a matter of concern. Even the park in Ranchi, which saw the light of the day in November this year, went off the track due to departments short sightedness and improper planning choking the new facilities day to day operation. But one expects that aspect would well be calculated in advance now.

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