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Aurangabad likely to earn ‘Model Solar City’ status

According to reports, a delegation of union ministry of new and renewable energy is likely to visit the city very soon to explore possibilities of declaring Aurangabad as a ‘Model Solar City’. Quoting senior officials in the ministry, Mayor Kala Oza on Tuesday said the ministry had expressed willingness to award project worth Rs 2.5 crore to promote use of renewable energy sources and adoption of energy efficiency measures.

A team of Aurangabad Municipal Corporation ( AMC) including Oza, deputy mayor Sanjay Joshi and others were recently in New Delhi to meet senior officials in union ministry of new and renewable energy to submit a proposal of ‘Solar City’ project. Under the ‘Solar City’ project, the ministry will be spending Rs 50 lakh in the city with an aim of 10 per cent reduction in projected demand of conventional energy in five years.

“While discussing the ‘Solar City’ project, joint secretary and director in the ministry – A K Tripathi had said the ‘Model Solar City’ project similar on the line projects approved for Nagpur and Chandigarh could be launched in Aurangabad,” she said.

In the solar city project, the civic body will promote all types of renewable energy-based options like solar, wind, biomass, small hydro, waste to energy, etc. Besides, energy efficiency measures will also be promoted to bring down the conventional energy consumption level.

However, in under the ‘Model Solar City’ project, the ministry will provide funding for setting up power equipment based on renewable energy sources.

“The team of experts in the ministry has asked the civic body to prepare a detail project report for ‘Model Solar City’ project at the earliest possible,” she said.

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