Ministry of Railways has launched SRIJAN (Station Rejuvenation through Joint Action), an idea competition for development of 635 railway stations. It was launched on MyGov portal by Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC).
IRSDC (Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited) has taken up massive redevelopment of around 600 major Railway channels across the country.
Within this mega exercise, it will take assistance and involve all stakeholders i.e. railway passengers, urban planners, architects, engineers.
For this, it has extended pen invitation for developing concept and master plans for redevelopment of stations firms & specialists interested for Station Development. The winners in the SRIJAN competition will get certificates and worthwhile ideas will be integrated in the designs.
Within a bid to redevelop over 600 major railway stations across the nation, a concept competition ‘SRIJAN’ (Station Rejuvenation through Joint Action) has been launched at MyGov portal since January 26, 2018, by Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC). All stakeholders like railway passengers, architects, metropolitan planners, engineers are allowed to send their ideas and the last date to send the entries is March 26, 2018. The Railway Ministry said that the winners will be given certificates and the valuable ideas will be considered in the redevelopment designs of the channels. The redevelopment of 600 major railway stations was announced by Fund Minister Arun Jaitley in Union Budget 2018, which was held on February 1 in the parliament.
In addition to the idea competition, IRSDC has also launched competitions for logo and tagline through MyGov website. A award money of Rs 75,000 has been kept for each of the winners of logo and tagline competition. For this, the last day to submit entries is also March 26, 2018.
One round of empanelment has already been carried out by IRSDC and in different categories of A, B and C, 11 firms have been empanelled. According to the Railway Ministry, a second round of Request for Empanelment (RFE) has been also called as more number of architectural firms are required to work on the redevelopment plan.
Also, an open invitation to all professionals to submit concept master plans for the redevelopment of the railway stations has been given at IRSDC web portal. The last time to submit the entries for the stations redevelopment is now March 9, 2018. Based on the Railway Ministry, an ‘Architect-Samvad’ is likely to be kept on March 2018, in which Railway Minister Piyush Goyal will interact with architects on the channels redevelopment plan.
First circular of International Design Competition has been over for Gwalior, Nagpur and Bayappanhalli railway stations and the second round is scheduled to be over by March 31, 2018. Further to this, Engineering Procurement Contract (EPC) tenders will be called for these railway stations. For Chandigarh, Anand Vihar (Delhi), Bangalore, Secundrabad and Pune railway channels, tenders for Integrated Place Management through private players has been called. For the redevelopment of Chandigarh, Anand Vihar, Bijwasan and Surat railway stations, tenders are expected in March 2018.
MyGov Portal is a citizen engagement platform launched by Central Federal government in 2014 to promote active participation of people in country’s governance and development.
Its objective is to create common system for Indian citizens to crowdsource governance ideas from residents.
It allows users (people) to discuss and contribute on various federal government projects and programs.
It really is hosted and managed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
The first phase Shakti Sthala solar park having total capacity of 2,000 megawatts (MW) was inaugurated in drought-prone Pavagada region of Tumkur district, Karnataka. It is claimed to be world’s largest solar park.
The park ties in with the Central Government’s scheme to generate 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2020. It has been executed within record time of two years, with zero land acquisition.
The Karnataka government on Thursday inaugurated the first phase of a 2,000 megawatts (MW) solar park in the drought-prone Pavagada region of Tumkur district, about 180km from Bengaluru.
The first phase of the Rs16,500 crore park called “Shakti Sthala” will generate 600MW, while the balance 1,400MW is expected to be commissioned by the end of this year, the government said in a statement.
The solar project, touted as the largest in the world, is spread over 13,000 acres and five villages. It is part of the “Karnataka Solar Policy 2014-2021” which goals to decrease dependence on traditional power sources and move to environmentally friendly ones to meet the growing power needs of the state.
The solar park is also area of the Siddaramaiah-led Congress government’s “Nava Karnataka Nirmana” (building a new Karnataka) campaign, used extensively by the party in the run-up to the 2018 assembly elections to highlight its economic development and job creation efforts as well as to attract big ticket, high investment projects to the state.
The land for the solar park has been taken on a 25-year lease by the federal government from around 2,300 farmers, and in return, these are paid an annual rental of Rs21,000 per acre, with scope for a 5% increase every two years.
It has been the third-largest alternative energy manufacturer in the country and has established a target of sourcing at least 20% from green sources in the future.
The park’s development was initiated with the creation of the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp. Ltd (KSPDCL) in March 2015 as a joint venture between Karnataka Alternative Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) and Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI).
Karnataka, which continues to face power shortage, increased its capacity from 14,030MW in 2012-13 to 23,379MW in January this year, through all resources including hydel, thermal, nuclear and biomass.
The 2,000 MW park, named as ‘Shakti Sthala’, spans across 13,000 acres spread over five villages and is a benchmark in the unique people’s participation in power model put on surface, according to officials.
The park’s development is anchored by the Karnataka SOLAR POWERED ENERGY Development Corp. Ltd (KSPDCL), an entity formed in March 2015 as a jv between Karnataka Green Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) and SOLAR TECHNOLOGY Corp. of India (SECI).
The project has been executed within a record time of 2 yrs, with zero land acquisition, Siddaramaiah said.
Moreover, the farmers who have leased out their land are reaping greater benefits with Rs. 21,000 per acre being offered as rental, an amount which includes the scope to grow by five per cent every two years, he said.
The chief minister said Karnataka has emerged as the third largest producer of renewable energy in the nation and was taking “bold strides” towards emerging as an energy surplus state.
The park will create employment and act as an incentive for natives and farmers to explore new opportunities of socio-economic growth in the region, state Energy Minister DK Shivakumar said.
“This ambitious project, spanning five villages, looks at farmers as the key partners, as also beneficiaries. Shakti Sthala is creating new job opportunities and economic growth leading to the prosperity of the people of Pavagada,” he said.
The park ties in with the centre’s scheme to generate 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power by 2020.
Pavagada is a panchayat town in Tumkur area in the Indian condition of Karnataka.Historically it was part of Mysore kingdom. Though it is geographically connected to Chitradurga district inside state of Karnataka, it comes under Tumkur region. It really is 157.8 km from state capital of Bangalore and Uttara Pinakini river flows in this Taluk.
The town is famous for its fort located on the hill, Kote Anjaneya temple at the foothills and also the temple of Sri Shani Mahatma.
Pavagada Solar Park, which will be Asia’s largest Solar recreation area, is coming up on the 10,000 acre land with the capacity to create 2000 megawatt solar electricity.