New Delhi: From simultaneous viewing of Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap’s two-part saga Gangs of Wasseypur across its project sites to celebrating Durga Puja and Dussehra in its own style, state-run NTPC Ltd has many a first to its credit.
This year India’s largest power generation utility has adopted India’s most challenging space mission to date, Chandrayaan-2, as its theme for the Durga Puja celebrations being held at the NTPC Township in Sector 33 Noida.
This comes nearly a month after India lost contact with Chandrayaan-2’s Lander Vikram. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost contact with its Lander Vikram, which was supposed to soft-land on the far side of the moon on 7 September. Minutes before its scheduled soft-landing, the communication with Vikram Lander was lost.
“As part of the event, different models of satellites like the GSLV MK III M19, Pragyan, Vikram, PSLV, Schematics, Diagrams, and Robotics will be showcased at the venue to offer a visual experience to visitors," NTPC said in a statement.
The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter on 2 September. After revolving around the earth's orbit for nearly 23 days, the craft began its journey to the moon on 14 August. The mission took off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on 22 July.
“NTPC Township gears up for this biggest festival, hundreds of spectators not only from the NCR region but from all across NTPC plants in India come to visit the Puja Pandal," the statement added.
NTPC accounts for around 16%, or 57,106 megawatt (MW), of India’s installed power generation capacity of 360,456.37 MW. The public sector unit operates 54 power stations and has 10 coal and one gas station, owned by joint ventures or subsidiaries. It aims to become a 130-gigawatt (GW) utility by 2032.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh will also perform 'Shastra Puja' (worship of weapons) on the occasion of Dussehra in Paris today where he will also receive the first Rafale fighter jet for the Indian Air Force.
Singh is on a three-day visit to France, with the centrepiece of the trip being the formal handover of the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets to India on Tuesday. Tuesday is also the foundation day of the Indian Air Force.
'Shastra Puja' is traditionally performed to worship weapons and has been part of Dussehra celebrations in several parts of the country.