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Complete solarisation of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town launched

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  • May 22, 2020
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Complete solarisation of Konark Sun Temple and Konark town launched

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-I – Culture & GS-III-  Energy; Environment

In News:

  • Government of India has launched a scheme for 100% solarisation of Konark sun temple & Konark town in Odisha.

Key takeaways:

  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will be responsible for the solarisation. 
  • Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) shall implement the project.
  • The Scheme aims to set up 10 MW grid connected solar project and various solar off-grid applications like solar trees, solar drinking water kiosks, etc.
  • There will be 100% Central Financial Assistance (CFA) support of around Rs. 25 Crores. 
  • The scheme will meet all the energy requirements of Konark town with solar energy.

Important value additions:

Konark Sun Temple 

  • It is a 13th-century CE Sun temple at Konark on the coastline of Odisha, India.
  • The temple is attributed to king Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty about 1250 CE.
  • It is dedicated to the Hindu Sun God Surya. 
  • This temple was called the “Black Pagoda” in European sailor accounts. 
  • It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984. 
  • It is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, 
  • Large number of devotees gather here every year for the Chandrabhaga Mela around the month of February.

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Image source: Konark Sun Temple

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