Come July and all government ministries and departments housed in heritage and other buildings in Lutyen’s Delhi will become BEE 5-star labelled buildings with energy efficient gadgetries such as LED lights, energy efficient fans and Air conditioners.
This would include the famous North and South Block that houses the ministries of finance, Prime Minister’s Office, Defence and external affairs ministries besides 20 other large bhawans including the Shastri Bhawan (often referred to as Delhi’s corridor of power as it houses various ministries), Udyog Bhawan, UPSC and other ministries in CGO complex etc.
“In the first phase and over the next three months, we plan to cover 20 large buildings in New Delhi that would include all government Bhawans including the South and North Block, All Bhawans, UPSC building and others,” Managing Director of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) told EnergyInfraPost in an exclusive interview.
Shram Shakti Bhawan that houses the ministry of power as also Niti Ayog the erstwhile Planning Commission have already been turned into energy efficient buildings.
“We have enetered into a MoU with the CPWD… Talks are on to include the Parliament House also under the ambit of the energy efficient scheme for government buildings,” Kumar added.
“We (EESL) are looking at a guaranteed energy savings of at least 25-30%…we are not charging anything and EESL will carry out the entire investment….We will get paid by savings and the entire cost shall be recovered over the next five years. For these entire five years, EESL will give complete maintenance support to these buildings,” he said, adding that this is in line with EESL’s moto of “Pay As You Save.”
Kumar said under the next phase, EESL plans to reach out to larger number of government buildings (some 1000 plus) across the country. “The scheme would cost around Rs 2000 crore and we have initiated talks with states of which some states including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Jharkhand have already given there consent.”
While doing so, EESL is also entering into agreements with PSUs for their building under separate tie ups for their offices as also the townships. The PSUs include all those under the administrative control of power, coal and renewable energy such as NTPC, Coal India, Powergrid, NHPC besides others like ONGC, Indian OIL and others.
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