New Delhi: To reduce the carbon footprint of Varanasi, the Centre is set to implement a new plan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency. To reduce the holy city’s dependence on fossil fuel, on the anvil are solar power generation plants and green energy initiatives.
According to people familiar with the matter, who said the Union minister for new and renewable energy had recently visited Germany and was impressed with the green energy initiatives undertaken by the country, the move is an initiative of Piyush Goyal. They said, to turn Varanasi completely green, the ministry is now examining the possibility.
Varanasi’s divisional commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokarn told ET that this plan has been initiated at the ministry level. He further said that they plan to implement it as part of our smart city initiative. Earlier, they had planned to make all government buildings green but now all stakeholders would be taken on board to make the city completely green energy-oriented.
To gauge power loss in transmission and the total energy requirement of Varanasi will be the first step. This will be followed by examining how much energy can be generated through solar power, which for the holy city is being looked at as the most viable option. A close watch is being kept by the centre on implementation of urban development programmes. In efforts to turn Varanasi green, sanitation and solid waste management will be closely linked.
On Tuesday, the progress of works in Varanasi was reviewed by Union secretary (urban development) DS Mishra in efforts to turn Varanasi green that have seen significant progress since the BJP government came to power in the state in March.
News source: energy.economictimes.
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