For cleaner air, Delhi govt proposes green fund to promote solar plants

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FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2015, file photo, pedestrians make their way across a busy intersection on a day with severe air pollution in Beijing. Average concentrations of air particulates in 189 Chinese cities fell by 10 percent in 2015, according to a new Greenpeace report, a sign that pollution overall is decreasing even as catastrophic levels of smog this winter in northern China effectively shut down schools and roads. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

The Delhi government has proposed a ‘green fund’ to keep the air clean by promoting solar plant installations. The fund will come from the amount collected from the cess levied on diesel. This will be used as an incentive or subsidy to people who generate more than 1,000 units of electricity via solar plants, said officials.The Delhi government had recently organised a discussion with the city’s RWAs to formulate effective policies to conserve electricity. Power Minister Satyendar Jain had said the government will not allow a hike in tariff rates. He also asked the RWAs toapproach the court to allow the CAG audit of discoms.A senior official said, “The environment department cess (Rs 2 per unit) collected from diesel will form the green fund. We will give this fund to those who have a 1 kw plant and generate more than 1,000 units. As part of the incentive, we will provide Rs 10 crore for the first year, and Rs 20 crore and Rs 30 crore for subsequent years,” said a senior department official.In order to get the subsidy, one has to issue a tender for the plant and inform the government as well. But the government has amended the process. “The Delhi government will now issue the tender and empower vendors to install solar plants,” said the official.

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