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Mahbubnagar, Vijayawada to be developed as solar cities

According to reports, New and renewable energy minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday said that Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar will be developed as solar cities.

“Vijayawada and Mahbubnagar have been identified for developing them as solar cities,” Abdullah informed the Rajya Sabha.

He said a solar city aims to reduce a minimum of ten per cent of its projected demand of conventional energy through generation from renewable energy installations and energy efficiency measures.

“The master plan for Vijayawada has been prepared with an estimated cost of Rs 256.50 crore for various projects,” the minister said adding that the time required depends on the interest and efforts taken by the city and availability of funds.

Abdullah said that for Vijayawada solar city, an amount of Rs 12.20 lakh has been released so far for preparation of the master plan, setting up of a solar city cell and promotional activities.

“Mahbubnagar municipality is yet to take action for preparation of the master plan,” Abdullah added.

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