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After a little over 2 years of deepening and widening the Bayport Channel, the Port Houston dredging is finished.The channel was deepened by five feet to match the 45 ft. depth of the Houston Ship Channel and was also widened between 50 to 100 feet, reported the port.The project will improve navigational safety and enable the large class of post-Panamax vessels to call at the Bayport Container Terminal.Orion Construction, L.P., the contractor, used three cutter suction dredges, Waymon Boyd, John LaQuay and Linda LaQuay, to perform the new work and maintenance dredging.“The federal processes for approval, budgeting and construction by the Corps of Engineers to accomplish this project would have taken about 13 years start to finish. With our efforts and funding, we accomplished the same goal in a little over six years,” said Project Manager David Casebeer, who noted the total cost for permitting, design and construction was done for approximately $85 million. The Barbours Cut channel was completed in 2015.The project’s design included beneficially using the stiff clays dredged from the Bayport Channel to increase dredged material storage capacity at Placement Area 15 by raising the containment dikes by five feet.[mappress mapid=”23458″]
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has taken up a massive Green Energy Development initiative, under which it will light up all its buildings including borough offices, health units, community halls and schools, with solar lights.”We have made plans to light up all our buildings using solar lights, with electricity bills shooting up by leaps and bounds. Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells will be set up on the roof of these buildings. We have already installed solar lights in as many as three parks in the city and the electricity bills have witnessed a significant dip,” a senior official of KMC’s lighting department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe lighting department has already forwarded a proposal in this regard to the civil department, which has started the task of examining the strength of the buildings.They will submit a report about whether the buildings of the civic body can withstand a solar PV panel weighing around 20 kg, which the lighting department plans to install on the roofs. The KMC will begin with its 16 borough offices and then will gradually proceed with its health units, community halls and schools. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Work will progress as per availability of funds,” the official added. The KMC has already undertaken work for illuminating 16 parks in the city with solar lights. The state government has already sanctioned Rs 52 crore for the project. It may be mentioned that three parks in the city – Deshapriya Park, Maddox Square Park and Hazra Park have already been lit up with solar lights. Deshbandhu Park, Santosh Mitra Square, College Square, Md Ali Park, Subhas Sarobar Park and many others are lined up in the list as well.It may be mentioned that a solar power plant installed at Deshapriya Park has reduced the electricity expenses by a huge margin. Around Rs 36,000 per month is being saved now at Deshapriya Park.