While the UT administration and Crest are organizing awareness camps for installation of solar plants in the city, residents, especially senior citizens, are facing a tough time getting permissions to install solar rooftop units at their houses.
Narrating his ordeal, Vivek Bansal of Sector 21 said the electricity meter was in his late father’s name. It took him a whole month to get the name changed. Thereafter, when he went to Crest for submitting his file, he faced another hurdle — the model code of conduct during Lok Sabha elections. The officials informed him that during such a time they could not provide him 30% subsidy.
However, he submitted the file without the option of receiving subsidy. Cut to today, a structure stands on the rooftop of his house, but he cannot install solar panels yet, because the UT administration is yet to get approval from the competent authority. He has no clue of when the wait would end, he said.
Bansal, however, suggested that people should go for solar installations to promote renewable energy. He demanded that the process should be simplified and the authorities should start a single-window system. Read More
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