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Delhi: South corporation to focus on solar panels, e-charging points
To encourage more people to use electric vehicles, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) targets to develop at least 50 public charging stations by the end of this financial year. As part of its environment friendly initiatives, the corporation also hopes to install rooftop solar panels at all schools and municipal buildings by 2019-end. Highlighting the green projects during the fourth Asia Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation — Resilient Cities Asia Pacific 2019, SDMC commissioner Puneet Goel said on Monday, “We have already introduced reforms in our department and replaced 75 diesel and petrol vehicles with e-vehicles to reduce carbon emission by 75,000 tonne per annum. The public e-charging stations will encourage general public to reduce pollution.” The corporation is now finalising sites for installing charging stations across south Delhi.
“We have installed rooftop solar panels of 9 megawatt capacity at 208 school buildings. It helps us generate 10 million solar units every year. Panels will be installed at other municipal buildings soon,” Goel added.The three-day event, being organised in India for the first time, is being hosted by SDMC in association with United Nations (ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability). Representatives from 31 countries are attending the event, which was inaugurated by vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu.
Naidu said the green solutions were required to overcome adverse impacts of climate change such as floods, cyclones and wildfires. “It is crucial to link every aspect of urbanisation with sustainability and the urban infrastructure should be low-carbon, green and climate-resilient,” the vice-president said.
SDMC has already replaced conventional streetlights with 3 lakh energy-efficient LED lights, which saves 80 million units annually. It has also removed all conventional lights and fans from 581 municipal schools for energy-efficient ones. “This has helped us bring down our power bill by 25%. A similar project is being taken up in municipal buildings now,” said a SDMC official.
The corporation claimed to be taking similar steps to make energy out of municipal waste in its waste-to-energy (WTE) plant. “We are working to establish our second plant at Tehkhand with a capacity of processing 1,200 tonne waste. We will get 15 MW electricity from this project every day,” said an official.