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Civic body wants solar power for parking lots

delhi Updated: Jul 25, 2008 23:46 IST
Neelam Pandey

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is going all out to encourage the use of solar energy. To start with, it will be make it mandatory for all upcoming multi-level parking projects to use solar power.

The civic body will include a clause on the use of solar energy in its terms and conditions of the parking projects. Also, the MCD will install solar water heaters and lighting free of cost in its colonies.

“We want to encourage the use of solar energy that will help cut green house gas emissions,” said Mayor Arti Mehra. The corporation will make it mandatory for multi-level parking projects to install solar panels. The mayor said the efficient use of environment friendly energy also fetched carbon credits.

“In case of underground parking, contractors will demarcate space in the corner of a park where they can install solar panels and lighting,” said a senior MCD official.

The MCD is also planning to install solar water heaters and lighting in its colonies free of cost. “The initial cost of installing solar water heaters, panels, air conditioners and lighting is costly but it can be recovered in two years,” said the official. “Hence, we are encouraging people to use solar energy by providing them subsidy.”

However, conventional lights will be used as back up in all parking projects. Currently, the MCD is building 16 multi-level parking projects on a build-operate-transfer basis. The civic agency has identified 33 parking sites where underground parking will be created.

Depending on the success of the project, the MCD plans to make the use of solar energy mandatory for all upcom-ing residential and commercial projects in the city. In fact, solar panels have already been installed at the Mayor’s house.