Friday, 22 February 2013

Rough draft of solar city plan presented - Source LT

Aurangabad is one of the 60 cities in India including six in Maharashtra - Aurangabad, Nanded, Shirdi, Nagpur, Kalyan-Dombivili and Thane - which have been selected for the development of solar cities. There is an average rise in demand of conventional energy by 10 to 11 per cent annually. The Solar City project aims at minimum 10 pc and maximum 25 pc reduction in the projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years, through a combination of measures. The details of the aid that the AMC would get are as follows: Rs 10 lakh - Preparation of a Master Plan /Detailed Project Report; Rs 10 lakh - Setting up Solar City Cell and its functioning; Rs 10 lakh - supervising implementation and Rs 20 lakh - capacity building and other promotional activities.

The Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) today welcomed the comments and suggestions by stakeholders committee constituted to develop Aurangabad into a Solar/Green City. Suggestions will be considered while preparing the final draft of the Master Plan (MP) which is expected to be submitted to the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) before March. 
Mayor Kala Oza inaugurated the meeting. Following the orders of MNRE, the AMC had formed the stakeholders committee comprising builders, engineers, architects, government offices, NGOs and academicians. Today's meeting was held at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Research Centre to present the rough draft of the MP before them 
The AMC had engaged Mumbai-based Darashaw & Co. (P) Ltd as project management consultant to prepare the MP after a survey and interaction with the stakeholders and government officials concerned, in 2011. 
Executive engineer Sikander Ali, deputy engineer P B Bansode, vice-president Anand Menon and project officer S B Francis listened to suggestions and comments. After the approval of the final draft, the AMC will be getting an aid of Rs 50 lakh for the promotion of the solar energy. 
When contacted, Sikander Ali said, "The project aims at reducing the green house gas (GHG) emissions by promoting renewable energy. In a Solar City, all types of renewable energy based projects like solar, wind, biomass, small hydro, waste to energy etc. may be installed along with possible energy efficiency measures depending on the need and resource availability in the city."
The MP of the city includes the base line for energy consumption during the year 2008, demand forecasting for the years 2013 and 2018, sector-wise strategies and action plan for implementation of the renewable energy projects so as to mitigate the fossil fuel consumption in the city. 
As per nodal officer of MSEDCL, the status of power connections till 2007-08 was 1.64 lakh (residential), 22,012 (commercial), 3,640 (industrial) etc.

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