Who are we petitioning?
Shri Ajay Seth, IAS Managing Director, BMRCL
Why is this important?
2021 marks a decade since Bangaloreans were introduced to Namma Metro. In fact, it was the first Metro system in all of South India. Since then, the two lines of the network serve over 3 lakh passengers every day.
In 2016, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) had signed an agreement with CleanMax Solar to set up solar panels at Byappanahalli and Peenya Metro depots. Officials had said that solar panels at the two depots will have a combined capacity of 1.8MW. Nearly five years later, there has been no progress on this front. Meanwhile, metro rail corporations in Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, and Chennai have taken the lead by installing solar rooftop panels in their stations, tapping into this effective yet cost-saving renewable source of energy.
In January this year, BMRCL officials said that all new stations under phase 2 will have solar panels, but there is no such plan to add the feature to the existing stations.
The solar panels installed at the 2 depots will reduce the financial expenses for BMRCL up to 51.74 crores over the next 25 years. Now imagine the savings it could potentially generate if set up at every station in Bengaluru, given that a station would be set up every two kilometres. And electricity generated via renewable energy like solar will also reduce the carbon emissions significantly.
It’s time we amped up the pressure. Sign the petition demanding Shri Ajay Seth, IAS MD BMRCL to solarize Bengaluru metro stations and their depots on a priority basis.