Planning and implementing a project of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor stature is not everyone's cup of tea. But, Alkesh Sharma, CEO and MD, Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation Ltd (DMICDC), is a man of action. Whether it is awarding projects for phase 1 or finalising sites for Uttar Pradesh's multimodal logistic hub, Sharma with his team has been instrumental in giving shape to this project, which will see major traction in 2018.
DMICDC has set an example by installing microgrid solar plants for large industrial units. Tell us more about this project.
We worked on the Neemrana Solar Power Project in partnership with the Government of Japan. The 6 MW model project consists of a 5 MWp solar power plant which uses thin film technology and feeds power directly to the state grid, and a 1 MWp plant that uses polycrystalline technology with 2 MW diesel generator set integrated with a smart microgrid that feeds power to industrial consumers in the Neemrana Industrial Park. The project is implemented in partnership with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO), Government of Japan, with the solar panels and other equipment like inverters, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, procured from Japanese companies including Hitachi, Kyocera, Itochu, Sharp, Solar Frontier and Kaneka.
Neemrana - spread over 36 acre allocated by the Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation (RIICO) in the Japanese Zone - will be managed by the DMICDC Neemrana Solar Power Company Ltd (DNSPCL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DMICDC.
The DNSCPL has a power purchase agreement with NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd (NVVNL) for the 5 MW solar power plant for a period of 25 years. The overall cost of the project is around Rs 100 crore, of which we have invested around Rs 60 crore.
Tell us about the progress of DMICDC's integrated industrial township (IIT) at Greater Noida. How is IIT likely to change the scenario of the region?
The proposed site for IIT has an area of approximately 302.63 hectare. DMICDC and GNIDA have formed a separate special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the development and implementation of the proposed IIT at Greater Noida. This is the first early bird project being developed in the National Capital Region (NCR) in Uttar Pradesh and shall adhere to international standards. This will be a 'sustainable-smart-safe' world-class township with state-of-the-art infrastructure. Once developed, it would be one of its kind, serving as a model for other cities.
The salient features of this township are as follows: