Mangaluru: August 2, 2015: People’s representatives and officials have decided that all government offices including Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat and deputy commissioner’s offices should be equipped with solar energy units.
At a meeting on implementation of Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DUGJY) convened by Dakshina Kannada MP Nalin Kumar Kateel on Saturday, officials of Mescom have been directed to give emphasis on installing solar energy units in government offices.
As per estimation of officials, it may require 50kw solar unit to equip deputy commissioner’s office with solar energy. Meanwhile, the zilla panchayat office building might require 70kw solar energy unit.
The MP said that installation of solar energy panels on buildings should be made mandatory as per building license norms.
"Serve notices to those building owners if conditions are violated. Mescom may promote solar energy by installing the system on zilla panchayat and deputy commissioner’s office buildings. Prepare a list of all government offices and take initiatives to make them solar energy equipped. I will contribute funds to equip zilla panchayat and deputy commissioner’s office buildings with solar power," the MP told Mescom officials.
Deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim said plans are afoot to make the proposed new DC office at Padil a complete solar energy compliant building. During the review, the implementation of DUGJY and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), the officials of Mescom informed that more sub stations, feeders, optical fiber networks, transformers and smart meters will be introduced in the DK district.
Meanwhile, a detailed project report of Rs 405.66 crore has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Energy to provide electricity connections to all houses in the district under DUGJY.
A detailed project report of Rs 68.13 crore under IPDS has been approved for the district. A total of 3,800 houses of BPL families are yet to be provided with electricity connections. Mescom will conduct a survey to find the actual number of APL families, who are not provided electricity connections, said Mescom superintending engineer U B Sukumar.
Mescom executive engineer Manjappa said that the IPDS will benefit Mangaluru, Bantwal, Puttur, Ullal, Moodbidri, Mulky, Belthangady and Sullia towns.
He said 12 new 33/11kv sub stations will be set up in five taluks of the district soon. Mangaluru City South MLA J R Lobo and zilla panchayat CEO P I Sreevidya were present.