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Shimla set to be ‘solar city’

If all goes as planned, the state capital is set to become an eco-friendly solar city, getting carbon credits by reducing its carbon footprint. The Shimla Municipal Corporation is launching “pink taxis” for women, solar lighting and heating in government and public buildings and tramways. It is said to be aiming for safe disposal of solid waste in the near future.

The corporation has proposed to go for energy audits of the SAD government complex towards reducing dependence on renewable sources of power by way of solar lighting and heating. “We have a 
Rs 2.80 crore solar city mission, under which the installation of 1,000 solar streetlights is underway,” said Shimla Mayor Sanjay Chauhan, in the budget speech yesterday.

The corporation is setting up a 15-kwp plant at the Panchayat Bhawan, Shimla, and a 20-kwp solar power plant on The Ridge. “We are setting up solar cooking systems for Himachal Pradesh University and Working Women's Hostel at Sanjauli and a micro plant to run the Lalpani sewerage treatment plant this year. We will install 5,000 solar lanterns and 2,000 home heating systems next year," he added.

A decentralised waste water treatment plant at Kusumpati, waste segregation at source at Boileuganj and e-toilets on The Ridge and The Mall would be set up soon, he added.

The SMC had adopted low emission strategy to claim carbon credits from top companies. "We have the Saheb society to collect garbage from door to door and segregation facility to dispose of solid waste in the city," added Tikender Panwar, Deputy Mayor.

The corporation had planned energy audits of all the government buildings. Tramways had been proposed to decongest the city, encouraging eco-friendly travel. The low-emission pink taxis would be started for women from different points to the City Centre this year, said Panwar.

Ropeways had been proposed at key locations that would reduce carbon footprint in the city, he added. “We will set up a new dumping site, channelise nullahs and drains and improve pathways and roads, parking lots and solid waste management for which different proposals worth Rs 29.48 crore are under consideration,” the Deputy Mayor said.

THE ECO-FRIENDLY PLAN
* The Shimla Municipal Corporation is launching “pink taxis” for women, solar lighting and heating in government and public buildings and tramways
* It is said to be aiming for safe disposal of solid waste in the near future

The Tribune (24-02-2014)