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BMC may give tax rebate for societies using solar energy

City Mayor Shubha Raul is working on a proposal of giving property tax rebate to cooperative housing societies that will use solar energy in their premises, reports Sanjeev Shivadekar.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2007 22:50 IST
Sanjeev Shivadekar
Sanjeev Shivadekar

As the city is worried whether it would have to face power cuts like rest of the Maharashtra, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is mulling over the idea to promote use of solar power.

City Mayor Shubha Raul on Tuesday told HT that she was working on a proposal of giving property tax rebate to the cooperative housing societies that would use solar energy in their premises.

“I would put this proposal to the civic body as such incentives would encourage more citizens to use alternative source of energy as the demand and supply shortfall is increasing in Mumbai,”she pointed.

The city is currently facing a shortage of upto 500 MW and the state government has set Wednesday as deadline for power utilities like Tata Power Company to procure more power. If the demand increases during the ongoing summer, the city will have to face power cuts.

Raul is now planning to seek advise of the global expert on the use of solar power in metros like Mumbai when she participates in a seminar on Global Warming in New York during May 14 to 17.

Alarmed by the global warming and its likely effects on several cities across the world, the Largest City Climate Initiative Group (LCCIG) founded by former United State President Bill Clinton, has organised the seminar.

Raul, a doctor by profession, said she was keen to participate in the seminar where increase in carbon dioxide levels in the metro cities would be discussed. Raul told HT, “Such seminars would be helpful for cities like Mumbai where carbon dioxide levels are high.” Besides this problem, making best use of solar energy in the metro cities would also be discussed in the seminar, she added further.

Raul will be accompanied by deputy mayor Vidya Thakur and Municipal secretary Mrudul Joshi. “The organizers would bear the expenditure for the tour which includes boarding, lodging and traveling,”she insisted.

The LCCIG that was founded in 2005 had organised its first seminar in London and had invited mayor of Mumbai, but the offer was turned down. This year with participation of mayor from Mumbai, the number of cities participating in the seminar has gone up to 26, which includes mayor of prominent cities like Chicago, Berlin, Seoul, Jakarta, Dhaka and Delhi.

Interestingly the forwarding of this proposal is delayed, as deputy mayor Thakur do not have her passport. “Completing government formalities are getting delayed as deputy mayors do not have her passport,” pointed one of the civic officials on condition of anonymity.

First Published: Apr 03, 2007 22:46 IST