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Development projects in Union Territories - Republic of India

Discussion in 'Internal Affairs' started by Hindustani78, May 29, 2018.

  1. Hindustani78

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    There was a Battle of Diu in 1509 between Portugal and a combined force of Ottomans, Mamluks, Venetians, the Ragusians, the Zamorin of Calicut, and the Sultan of Gujarat, Mahmud Begada. In 1513, the Portuguese tried to establish an outpost, but negotiations were unsuccessful. There were failed attempts by Diogo Lopes de Sequeira in 1521 and Nuno da Cunha in 1523. In 1531 the conquest attempted by D. Nuno da Cunha was not successful.

    In 1535 Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat, concluded a defensive alliance against the Mughal emperor Humayun

    The alliance quickly unraveled, and attempts by the Sultans to oust the Portuguese from Diu between 1537 and 1546 failed. Repenting his generosity, Bahadur Shah sought to recover Diu but was defeated and killed by the Portuguese, followed by a period of war between them and the people of Gujarat. In 1538.

    Bahadur Shah's father was Shams-ud-Din Muzaffar Shah II, who had ascended to the throne of the Gujarat Sultanate in 1511.

    After death of Muzaffar Shah II in 1526, Sikandar Sháh succeeded. After few weeks in power, he was murdered.Three other princes were poisoned.

    Bahadur Khan was present at the Battle of Panipat against Moghal raider Babur in 1526 A.D

    Diu became India’s solar city by day

    May 29, 2018 11:30 IST


    Workers seen at the Solar Power Plant at Diu. In September 2016, Diu became the first city in India to run completely on solar energy during the day. The power comes from its two solar parks — spread over 0.2 sq km — and the rooftop panels on 112 government establishments. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
    Mahesh Solanki used to pay about Rs 1.8 lakh a month for power. Last year, it dropped by about Rs 15,000; last month by Rs 15,000 again. “With electricity costs rising everywhere, this was a pleasant surprise,” said Solanki, who owns a 36-room resort and two ice factories in the scenic beach town. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
    The two parks have a capacity of 10.27 MW, and operate for about 12 hours a day. Demand in this 42-sq-km city ranges from 5 MW to 7 MW. Through the day, the sun powers all homes, resorts, Diu’s 60-bed hospital, government buildings, offices, and the ice factories and fish warehouses that are its main power-consuming industries. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
    A couple of factors make this Union Territory district ideal for solar projects. The effort to turn Diu towards the sun began in 2013. “The island has vast swathes of barren and rocky government land, coupled with a low population density and good solar exposure, with only about two months of cloudy weather a year,” Diu collector Hemant Kumar said. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
    The entire effort has cost Rs 62 crore. Maintenance and running costs are minimal. The panels need to be hosed down regularly since blurred glass can lower capacity and the connecting wires have to be checked to ensure they aren’t loose. As a Union Territory Diu is under central government control, making it easier to plan, fund and execute the solar parks project. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
    At the control centres, employees can track power production through the day. At 6 am, the panels start to hum, peaking around noon, and begin to ebb at 6 pm. Excess power generated goes to the Gujarat grid and is drawn back from it after dark. There are plans to plug this gap, switching from solar to wind after sundown. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)
    At the year-old Diu government hospital, panels cover the roof with a capacity of 120 KW, the power going to the grid. Senior surgeon and hospital head Sanjay Verma said that as a government building, the net metering system doesn’t apply here, but hospitals are huge spaces with major electricity consumption. Open terraces used for solar power can cut expenditure and also make healthcare cheaper. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)


    In Fudam village, the sun shines bright over acres of solar panels laid out on a rocky hilltop overlooking the sea. Because of these panels, the Diu electricity department has been able to reduce power tariffs by about 12%, eliminating production costs. If the four windmills are sanctioned by the end of the year, Diu will add a further 6 MW to its grid. (Satyabrata Tripathy / HT Photo)

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