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Delhi CM finds green solution to capital's woes

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Delhi: The Sheila Dikshit government has come up with a green idea to solve the national capital's power and water shortage problems. It wants to convert 100 existing buildings spread over 10,000 square feet into energy-efficient ones. It had earlier pledged to host the first-ever "green" Commonwealth Games in 2010.

The Delhi government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Energy and Resource Institute (Teri) to "retrofit" the 100 buildings, which would include the sprawling Delhi secretariat and chief minister's house apart from other government office buildings and commercial complexes.

The government has roped in Teri-CCI (Clinton Climate Initiative) for identifying, designing and implementing large-scale energy-efficiency building retrofit projects.

Since details on the investment required for a project of this scale are still being worked out, RK Pachauri, Teri director-general and chairperson of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, has asked the Delhi government to set up a separate fund for the purpose. He has also requested that the state government make it mandatory for all new buildings to follow the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) rating system.

It is learnt that the state government has expressed its willingness to set aside Rs70 crore for the "energy-conservation initiative." Earlier, Dikshit had also instructed her government's departments dealing with construction of Commonwealth Games infrastructure that all Games-related infrastructure must be green buildings.

For instance, the Thyagraj Stadium, being built at a cost of Rs297 crore, has been touted as the first green stadium in the country. The stadium will use a gas-based turbine for its own power generation. The turbine has been bought for a staggering Rs19 crore from the US and can generate 2.5 MW of power. The turbine, being assembled in Switzerland, will be installed at the stadium by February.

Once "retrofitted", power consumption at these buildings can be reduced by about 30-40%. Additionally, the buildings will also have rainwater harvesting facilities, water recycling, use of solar panels and green cover with plants and trees to help reduce air and noise pollution.

Author: sustainabilityoutlook