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Solar heaters a must for Kolkata highrises

According to reports, civic bodies of Kolkata, Howrah, Durgapur and Siliguri are bringing some provisions in the building by-laws, which will make installation of solar water heaters in all multi storied commercial establishments, including hospitals and five-star hotels, mandatory.that the state government came out with earlier this year.

Representatives from the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are coming to the city on September 29 to meet the officials of these four civic bodies. where this matter will be looked into.

Officials of the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) and West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) will also attend the meeting.

It may be noted that the state has already come out with the renewable energy policy this year. The Arka IGNOU community college of renewable energy is giving technical assistance to these civic bodies in this matter. “We are providing technical guidance to the civic bodies of Kolkata, Howrah, Durgapur and Siliguri. The Howrah Municipal Corporation officials have said that they have already approved the proposal. The Kolkata and Durgapur municipal corporations have also agreed, in principle, to make it a mandatory provision. The Siliguri Municipal Corporation is also considering the proposal,” said renewable energy expert and former adviser to the state government’s power department S P Gon Chaudhuri, who is the chairman of the renewable energy college.

NKDA is already working on using more and more renewable energy in Rajarhat New Town that has been approved as a Solar City by MNRE. Elements such as solar water heaters, solar street lights, solar staircase lights and green buildings are all part of this concept, where the high-rises will be energy-intelligent buildings. These buildings will minimize the use of conventional electricityand using more renewable energy as much as possible.

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