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Dec 17, 2012

India to Develop 54 Cities As Solar Cities


The government has approved 54 cities, with a population of between 50,000 to 50 lakh, to be developed into Solar Cities, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah said on Monday.

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, the minister said the draft Master Plans have been prepared for 28 cities, out of which 8 Master Plans have been approved for implementation.

The Master Plans are for cities namely Agra, Moradabad from Uttar Pradesh, Thane & Kalyan-Dombivli from Maharashtra, Indore from Madhya Pradesh, Kohima from Nagaland, Aizawl from Mizoram, and Chandigarh. In these places, plans have been finalized and the development of projects is underway, he said.

The government has sanctioned an amount of Rs.19.23 crore, thus far, for preparation of Master Plans, Solar City Cells and Promotional Activities for 41 cities, out of which Rs. 4.22 crore has been released.

An additional amount of Rs.11.98 crore has been allocated for execution of renewable energy projects in five cities, out of which Rs.3.87 crore has been released for use by the concerned State Nodal Agencies/ Municipal Corporations.

The minister also said the total installed capacity of renewable energy based power in the country is 26,267 MW. A capacity addition of 30,000 MW is proposed from renewable energy during the 12th Plan period, he added.