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A day after commissioning, blades of windmill fall down

GCDA chairman N Venugopal said that the bolts of the windmill blades were not tightened properly and the company which installed it was scheduled to carryout repair works on Saturday to fix it properly.

The blades of the windmill erected by the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) at Marine Drive, here, fell down on Saturday, a day after it was commissioned.

According to the witnesses, the blades of the windmill fell down from the pillar by 11 am. Following the incident, the workers shifted the blades and fulcrum to the nearby office.

GCDA chairman N Venugopal said that the bolts of the windmill blades were not tightened properly and the company which installed it was scheduled to carryout repair works on Saturday to fix it properly. "At the time of commissioning, the representatives of the company which erected the wind mill had informed us that they need two more days to fix the problem. However, they said that there was no problem in conducting a trial on Friday. They wanted to show us that the wind mill is capable of producing enough power to light up the entire walkway. The rectification works will be carried out within two days," he said.

The Marine Drive will soon be illuminated by street lights using the electricity generated from the windmills installed by the GCDA.

The GCDA plans to use the windmill to generate power from 7 pm to 11 pm to light up the Marine Drive walkway.

According to the company, the facility is strong enough to produce 10 KW of power and the battery is able to store current for at least 16 hours.


Source: http://newindianexpress.com...

JUL 7 2013
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