Solar Cities : Govt approval to develop 50 solar cities
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has approved a
proposed master plan to develop 50 solar cities, including three in the
national capital region.
Out of the proposed 60 solar cities, sanctions have been
issued for 50 cities that include New Delhi, Agra, Chandigarh, Gurgaon,
Faridabad, Amritsar, New Town (Kolkata), Howrah, Madhyamgram, Kochi and Bhopal,
as per the information available on the ministry's website.
Of these 50 cities, master plans have been prepared for 46
cities, including Agra, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Thane, Shirdi, Nagpur,
Aurangabad, Imphal, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bilaspur, Raipur, Agartala,
Guwahati, Jorhat, Mysore, Shimla, Hamirpur, Jodhpur, Vijayawada, Ludhiana,
Amritsar, Dehradun, Panaji and New Delhi (NDMC area), it added.
Further, in-principle approvals have been given to five
cities namely Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Indore, Leh and Mahbubnagar.
The ministry had empanelled 26 consultants in June 2009 to
prepare master plan for the development of solar cities.
Eight cities are to be developed as 'Model Solar Cities'.
Of these 8 cities, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar and
Mysore have so far been selected to be developed as Model Solar Cities.
Fifteen cities will be developed as 'Pilot Solar Cities'.
Of the 15 cities, the government has so far named 13 that
include Agartala, Coimbatore, Rajkot, Shimla, Faridabad, Thane, Raipur, Shirdi,
Leh, Aizawl, Puducherry, Vijaywada and Amritsar are being developed as Pilot