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Kolkata: Some of the premier clubs in the city have come up to be among the first in the country to implement the environment-friendly measures ordered by the ‘green’ bench of Supreme Court recently. Calcutta Club has taken the lead in green initiatives, with Tolly Club, CCFC, Calcutta Rowing Club, Lake Club, CCFC and Dalhousie Institute following close behind.
Indrajit Roy, president of Calcutta Club, said they had implemented a solar power generation project on the roof of the club. Besides, a composting plant, sewage treatment plant and rainwater harvesting system are also being implemented. “The solid waste management project has been completed around 20%. The rainwater harvesting project is nearly 50% complete,” he added.
Pradeep Gooptu, a senior member of Calcutta Club, who has been involved in the initiatives, pointed out that the solar panels are good enough to meet around 6% of the peak summer demand in the club. “In winter this can be 14-15%. The lifespan of the panels is 25 years and we shall pass on the surplus electricity to the grid,” he added. Gooptu added that the other projects were likely to be completed by September.
Tollygunge Club CEO Anil Mukherjee said they had already implemented rainwater harvesting and water recycling projects. “We are progressing on the solid waste management project,” he added. Commenting on their solar power project, Mukherjee added that the club had once experimented with solar few a years ago and was contemplating to implement the same.
Calcutta Rowing Club general secretary Chandan Roychowdhury said as per the ‘green’ bench order it had already taken the necessary steps. “We have started water recycling. We shall implement the solar power project in phases. It would cost Rs 70-80 lakh so it makes sense to implement this in phases,” he added.
President of CCFC Babul Das and Dalhousie Institute president Joyjit Biswas said they, too, had started implementing green initiatives.

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