• Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju bats for solar units at all airports

    Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said he has asked all the airports in the country to install solar energy units on the lines of Kochi airport.

    He was talking to reporters after showing installation of 5 KV solar energy panels at his residence here with an estimated cost of Rs 5 lakh.

    Talking about the expense, the Minister said state government had given Rs 2 lakh as a subsidy for installation.

    A 12 MW-capacity solar power unit has been installed at Kochi airport run by the Cochin International Airport Limited.

    Similarly, solar unit has also been installed at the Delhi airport, he said, adding that he had asked other airports in the country to emulate this step.

    The Minister also batted for grant of special status to Andhra Pradesh, saying the delay in granting it may cause more financial distress to the state. Brandon Mebane Authentic Jersey

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