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Vijayawada on way to becoming solar city

P Sujatha Varma
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Collector approves proposals submitted by the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of A.P.

Logo of the Vijayawada solar city.
Logo of the Vijayawada solar city.

Krishna District Collector Budha Prakash M. Jyothi has set the ball rolling for transformation of Vijayawada into a solar city by approving the proposals submitted by the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP).

In the wake of a rapid rise in demand for electricity, development of solar cities is seen as the most viable proposition. It is designed to encourage local governing bodies to prepare a road map to guide their cities in becoming ‘renewable energy cities’ or ‘solar cities’.

Vijayawada is the only city in Andhra Pradesh that figures in the list of ‘solar cities’.

“A group of sectors have been attached to different government wings that will shoulder the responsibility of bringing these segments into the fold of solar energy users,” said NREDCAP Executive Engineer K. Srinivasa Rao. As per the master plan, Municipal Health Officers, Regional Inspection Officers of the Board of Intermediate, RDO, Vijayawada and Town Planning Officers will coordinate to educate and motivate persons concerned with the city hotels and hostels.

Municipal Health Officers and District Coordinator, Arogyasri, Vijayawada, will coordinate with hospitals, Deputy Commissioners in the Departments of Labour and Commercial Taxes and town planning officers will wield their influence on local traders, shop-keepers and other commercial establishments.

Similarly, Additional Joint Collector, Krishna district will encourage government officers while District Education Officer, Deputy District Education Officer in the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation and Chief City Planner will shoulder the responsibility of schools and colleges, including private institutions.

The solar city project aims at minimum 10 per cent reduction in projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years, through a combination of enhancing supply from renewable energy sources. With the duty margins chalked out for each category, it is now time for constitution of a Solar City Cell and a Solar City Stake Holders’ Committee.

“The Municipal Commissioner will organise a meeting of all the stake-holders to involve them actively in meeting the objective of a solar city,” said Mr. Rao.


  • Municipal Health Officers, RIOs of the Board of Intermediate, RDO and Town Planning Officers will coordinate to motivate persons concerned with the city hotels and hostels.

  • Solar city project aims at a minimum of 10 per cent reduction in projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years



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