Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board commissions
Solar Power based Projects
Katra (Jammu), July 30 – As a major initiative for utilizing the renewable energy, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board has commissioned a Solar Power Plant at the Holy Shrine and another Solar Power based Water Heating Plant at Katra.
A Solar Water Heating System with 5000 litre per day capacity has been installed at Shakti Bhawan, Katra and a 5 KW Solar Power Plant at Bhawan. These two projects, aimed at both utilizing the potential of Solar Power, have been set up with support from the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy under its Special Area Demonstration Projects Scheme.
In view of the progressive increase in the number of Yatris visiting the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, the Chairman of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has been laying high emphasis on tapping all possible renewable energy sources. The Chairman has also called upon all the Hotel Owners at Katra to set up Solar Power Plants in every Hotel for saving on electricity, the supply of which is far short of the ever increasing demand.
The Chief Executive Officer, SMVDSB, also disclosed that, on the Chariman’s instructions, 33,000 forest plants of different species and 4000 flowering plants are being planted in the Yatra area during the current rainy season, to beautify the tracks to the Shrine.
The other significant initiatives launched by the Shrine Board this year include a number of fire prevention measures in identified sectors, creation of fire lines, controlled burning of grasses and providing comprehensive Disaster Management training to the Board’s employees.