Agartala: Tripura University has going green by adopting various eco-friendly measures, ranging from installation of solar plants to organic farming within the campus of the premier institution located in Agartala.
Speaking to EastMojo about the unique initiative, Prof VL Dharurkar, vice-chancellor, Tripura University, said, “The solar power plant installed on the rooftop of buildings will generate over 7 lakh units per year saving more than Rs 40 lakh every year.”
As per Dharurkar, the solar plants have been set up by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECL) under the ministry of new renewable energy (MNRE). “Tripura University is the first among Northeastern universities to adopt the green initiatives on a huge scale,” he added.
The initiative was taken keeping in mind the huge cost of electricity, with the university having to pay more than Rs 9 lakh per month on electricity bills alone.
Apart from installation of solar panels, the vice-chancellor has also taken up the initiative of organic farming on more than 1.5 acres of university land that had been lying idle for years. Several varieties of vegetables and fruits have been planted all over the area.
Subrata Datta Choudhury, a horticulture specialist from the university, said, “The University has planted over 600 plants of sweet lime within the campus producing more than 300 citrus individually. The nearly 180,000 sweet limes produced within a year earn a revenue of more than Rs 18 lakh.”
Apart from all the savings that the university is making from these eco-friendly initiatives, the university is also serving the organically grown fruits and vegetables to the university students, thereby reducing mess charges.
Among many other unique initiatives, the VC is also mulling to set up a fishery within the campus.