Life-giving: Solar panels that float to capture the sun's energy

Sanjay Lake near Mayur Vihar in east Delhi will boast of the countrys first floating solar power plant . The plant is expected to produce between 1 and 1.5 megawatts of solar energy .

If the Delhi Development Authorities' (DDA) plans are fruitful, Sanjay Lake near Mayur Vihar in east Delhi will boast of the country's first floating solar power plant.The plant is expected to produce between 1 and 1.5 megawatts of solar energy, which will satisfy the electricity demands of 50 DDA parks located throughout east Delhi.The government is restoring Sanjay Lake, one of east Delhi's largest green spaces, which is 170 acres long, including the lake itself, which is 52.3 acres.While beautification works, such as a recently installed selfie-point and seating areas have arisen, the most important aspect of the whole area, according to reports, is the lake.

While some portions of the lake are suitable for boating and recreational use, the bulk of the waterbody is not used for any other purpose.Officials reported that plans are being worked out to build a floating solar power plant on one-third of the lake's area in the middle section.Although the power plant is still in the design phase, solar panels would be installed on floating structures on the lake and retained until a final decision is made by the DDA.Similar floating solar power plants have been built on waterbodies in states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala.

The floating platform is made from high-density polyethylene.Although the DDA's proposed solar power plant will be of a smaller size, it would be the first for the national capital.Sanjay Lake has always been known as a recreational area, with the lake and the ducks attracted people, but the Delhi Department of Agriculture has been focusing on enhancing the whole area and making it the city's best recreational hub.In the last few years, DDA has built an amphitheatre, walking and biking tracks, sitting areas, etc.

During this monsoon, the government had planned to plant 5,000 saplings of native species, but it was to be done as part of a compensatory plantation programme, and funding was not forthcoming in time.Due to the delay, the DDA will now have to wait until the next season to carry out large-scale plantation in the region.The DDA does not have enough space in the capital to give to various agencies the space they need for their compensatory plantation project, and this is why its plantation drives are designed to address this need.It is a fenced forest, and therefore it must have the character of a forest.

According to sources, the lake's water gets dirty as a result of unclean water mixed with it, and for this reason, there are also plans for a sewage treatment plant (STP) near the lake to ensure that the water entering the lake is clear.According to an official, the man-made lake, which was formed in the 1970s, has no water catchment areas and is dependent on rainwater and other sources for drinking water supply.There are plans to use water from a nearby stormwater drain, for which the STP will be used to improve the lake's water supply.The STP would ensure that the lake receives more treated water from the drain.

A bioswale is a ditch or a drainage channel covered by vegetation where stormwater runoff is concentrated to clear debris and aid in recharging groundwater.According to the official, the DDA is working to redevelop the green space of the area and provide a space for the public to experience the natural beauty without disturbing it.He said that the Sanjay Lake area is home to a great number of Eucalyptus trees, which were planted in the 1970s and 1980s and are an obstacle to providing the area with a forest cover due to their shape.

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