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Tata inks pact with Boeing for aerostructures

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BENGALURU: Tata Advanced Systems and Boeing on Monday announced a joint venture (JV) that will manufacture aerostructures for aircraft and collaborate on integrated systems development opportunities in India.

The JV will initially create a manufacturing center to produce aerostructures for the AH-64 Apache helicopter and to compete for additional manufacturing work packages across Boeing platforms, both commercial and defence.

In a statement issued from Dubai, Boeing India said: “We intend to grow the JV partnership in the future, with a focus on opportunities to collaborate on development and selling of integrated systems. This partnership will capitalise on India’s industrial capability, innovation and talent to contribute to Boeing’s long-term competitiveness and position us for future growth in the global marketplace.”

Chris Chadwick, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security said: “It is a demonstration of our commitment to further accelerate our partnership with one of the world’s fastest growing economies.”

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Lalbagh to host India's first national landscape fest

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BENGALURU: The country’s first national landscape fest is all set to begin from November 11 to 15 in Lalbagh under the joint endeavour of the horticulture and agriculture departments that would demonstrate and exhibit several aspects of landscaping, urban horticulture and spiritual gardens.

A unique initiative, the fest would showcase the biggest vertical garden in the history of Lalbagh – at 7 feet tall and 1000 feet wide, covering an area of 7,000 square feet all around the glass house at Lalbagh.

Dr Jagadeesh M, joint director of horticulture department, said, “Bengaluru being known as the garden city and losing the grandeur of its name in recent days, we have tried to organise this fest to drive the city more into landscaping and beautifying a spot. The show will be arranged inside the glass house. In addition to that, the concept of organic urban roof gardening will also be explored outside the glass house, by which the bio-waste from each household will be used to produce organic manures. This method of growing vegetables and fruits ensures the consumption of organic plant products.”

“The Bonsai Garden will host exhibition on spiritual gardening which will have Nakshatravana, Raashivana, Navagrahavana, Shivapanchayatvana and several other spiritual plants. It would have landscape technology stalls as part of the show,” he added.

The fest would receive more than 3,000 landscape experts and architects and over 3 lakh visitors are expected to visit Lalbagh during the fest.

Dr Krishna Chavan from Belagavi, an international landscape architect, who has organised the fest, said, “The fest will enable Bengalureans to explore and balance nature and colour their lives with plants and flowers. I have used the concept of five elements of nature – water, air, soil, stone and plant for beautifying the landscape.”

Speaking to TOI about police security to be provided in Lalbagh during the fest, DCP Lokesh Kumar, said, “More than 400 cops will be deployed for security and traffic in and around Lalbagh. Tickets will be available till 6.00 pm and visitors can stay till 7.00 pm in the garden. Only two-wheelers can be parked in Alameen College and both two-wheelers and cars have to be parked at Shantinagar Bus depot, JC Road and near Lalbagh HOPCOMS stall.”

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Waste to energy: Bengaluru gets Dutch help

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BENGALURU: Karnataka state government signed an MoU on Monday with Netherlands’ government for a waste to energy technology which will be utilised to dispose Bengaluru filth.

With an investment of Rs 470 crore, the waste to energy project will be utilised to dispose 600 metric tonnes of garbage generated in the city.

At a meeting between Netherlands’ ambassador in India, Alphonsus Stoelinga, and chief minister Siddaramaiah, the waste to energy project was finalised.

Speaking to the media, Siddaramaiah said, “The MoU is for the waste management of Bengaluru. The project is going to yield 7 MW of power everyday. The power generated from the waste management will be purchased by the state government as per the rates fixed by KERC.”

Later, Bengaluru development minister K J George said the project will be taken up on a pilot basis, and if successful, will be taken up in other parts of the city and the state.

The project is part of Netherlands’ initiative after signing an MoU with the Government of India to bring waste to power technology to the country. The Dutch government has already provided the technology and funding for waste management process to other states in the country, the latest being in Goa with a 120 MT waste disposal unit.

Stoelinga said the Dutch government will be providing a technology which will dispose waste that is odourless and there will be no remanents of garbage after the conversion of waste to power.

As per Dutch calculations, 60% of the waste generated in Bengaluru is organic and can be converted to biomass. The biomass, once processed, will generate 7 MW of power.

Under the terms and conditions of the MoU, the Dutch will provide 70% of the funding as soft loan, along with the technology and the rest 30% will have to be funded by the company which will participate in a tender process to initate the project and set it up.

George said the state has already proposed two to three locations for the pilot project on the outskirts of the city. “This time, the disposal will be odourless and will have been completely processed. The unit will accept mixed garbage for the time being, and it will be segregated at the unit for conversion of the organice garbage into power,” he said.

The Bengalur minister said the biggest hurdle for setting up the plant will be to get clearances from the MoEF and the KSPCB to set up the unit. “We intend to succeed in securing the approvals in the next six months, before the project starts,” he said.

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