19 Dec 2013

Solar Cities

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has been implementing a programme on “Development of Solar Cities” under which a total of 60 cities/towns are proposed to be supported for development as “Solar/ Green Cities”. 

So far, in principle approval has been accorded to 55 cities of which 45 cities have been sanctioned. Out of these 45 Cities the Master Plans have been finalized for 36 cities.

 The criteria set by the Ministry for the identification of cities include a city having population between 50,000 to 50 lakh (with relaxation given to special category States including North-East States), initiatives and regulatory measures already taken alongwith a high level of commitment in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

As per the proposal received from various states, so far, an amount of Rs.21.23 crore has been sanctioned for preparation of Master Plans, Solar City Cells and Promotional Activities for 45 cities, out of which Rs. 4.64 crore has been released. 

Further, an amount of Rs.25.55 crore has been sanctioned for execution of renewable energy projects in 9 cities, out of which Rs.9.49 crore has been released for utilization by the concerned State Nodal Agencies/ Municipal Corporations. 

A total of 60 cities/towns are proposed to be supported for development as “Solar/ Green Cities”. So far in principle approval has been accorded to 55 cities of which 45 cities have been sanctioned. 

This information was given by the Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. 

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