Power minister, Piyush Goyal’s favourite one liner is “energy saved is energy generated” and keeping with this he along with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) is turning all government offices housed across the various Bhawans in Lutyen’s Delhi, energy efficient.
Once completed in July, this drive would include heritage buildings like Rashtrapati Bhawan, North Block and South Block, where with the use of LED lights, energy efficient fans and ACs, the government plans to cut electricity consumption by 25-30%. The entire investment for converting these old buildings into energy efficient buildings will be borne by EESL and the work will be done by CPWD.
The plan is to also include the Parliament, but changing all electricity guzzling appliances in these 100 year old buildings will be a daunting task for CPWD. Officials in the power ministry say that the first list of government buildings include North Block, South Block, the cabinet secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, NITI Aayog, UPSC, Krishi Bhawan, CGO complex to name a few.
Once Lutyens Delhi is tackled and made energy efficient, EESL plans to target government offices across the country. The target is to convert atleast 1000 government buildings into ‘green building’ in the next few years. This will involve a cost of at least Rs 2000 crore and EESL is already in talks with state governments of Maharshtra and Rajasthan.
And when the government plans to save energy, how can energy PSUs be behind?
EESL is entering into separate agreements with public sector companies such as NTPC, ONGC, Coal India for their offices as well as townships.