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Three-storey solar dome in Kolkata’s New Town likely by year-end

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The Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has engaged a design consultant to prepare the design of the interior levels of the 27-metre high and 45-metre diameter solar dome which is being set up adjacent to Eco Park in New Town.
The solar dome is a truncated geodetic spherical dome with active solar panels on its outer side for continuous generation of solar power throughout the day.Inside the dome there will be a huge space with at least three floors of exhibition spaces connected with a spiral ramp for visitors to go up and a central lift to come down to the ground floor. The top floor level will offer a spectacular viewing gallery.

Officials said it is being worked out how multiple exhibits, theatrical shows on global warming and hi-tech interactive display shows of international standard could be organised inside the solar dome on its three different floors.

About 2,000 solar panels have been fixed on the outer side of the solar dome that will produce 180 KWH of solar power when fully completed. The generated solar power will be used for its internal lighting and to light up the surrounding streetlights, officials said.
Though the project is expected to be completed and ready by this year end, authorities are planning to open at least the first floor of the solar dome globe within the next few months. Work on the project which had started in February 2017, is being executed jointly by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) and Hidco.

There will also be various participatory attractions for visitors. One floor will have fixed cycles and paddling on it will generate power.

Source: Times of India

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