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Govt cracks whip on hotels, hospitals

The Delhi Govt will take action against those city hospitals and hotels which will not install solar water heaters. Moushumi Das Gupta reports.
Hindustan Times | By Moushumi Das Gupta, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2008 10:42 PM IST

With city hospitals and hotels failing to install solar water heaters – whose usage in these categories was made mandatory by Delhi government’s power department in 2006 – the government has decided to crack the whip on those failing to comply.

Starting Monday, the power department’s Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Management Centre will be writing to each of the city hospitals – both run by Delhi government and private ones – and hotels, to start installing solar water heater failing which they will have to shell out a hefty penalty.

Satish Sabharwal, executive officer, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Management Centre said, “In 2006 installation of solar water heaters was made mandatory in hotels, hospitals and nursing homes through a notification. At present only a handful of them have complied. We are in the process of writing to each one of the hospital and hotel to give us details by May 20 of whether they have complied.”

He added, “Failure to comply would attract penalty under the provision of Energy Conservation Act, 2001.”

Under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001 if any person fails to comply with the provisions he/she shall be liable to a penalty which shall not exceed Rs 10,000 for each such failure and, in the case of continuing failure, with an additional penalty, which may extend to Rs 1,000 for every day during which such failure continues.

There are 74 Delhi government run and private hospitals in the city. If all of them use solar heaters to heat an average of 30,000 litre of water per day, it will help save 44.4 MW of electricity.

An additional 5 MW of energy can be saved if the 31 five and four-star hotels switch to solar heating system.

At present only a few private hospitals like Batra and Moolchand have installed solar heaters while hotels like The Ambassador, Maurya Sheraton and Intercontinental have complied.

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