In an attempt to cut down on "soaring" electricity bills, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to use green and energy-efficient techniques to reduce power consumption by almost 35 per cent.
The AMC has decided to construct all its new projects as green buildings, convert its main energy consuming establishment to solar powered one and change all the city street lights from high pressure sodium vapour lamps to energy efficient LED lights.
The AMC has paid a total of Rs 149.11 crore towards the electricity bill, the expenditure of which comes to around five per cent of our total budget," said Municipal Commissioner Guruprasad Mahapatra.
The limits of the city which has been spreading far and wide due to rapid industrialisation in Gujarat were recently increased and the AMC now has 464.16 sq kms area under it with a population of 45 lakhs.
"It's a challenge for management of any city of India to control high energy consumption and we have decided to take it up. If we are able to contain the consumption at a present level then also it would be an achievement," he said.
"The energy consumption expenses of the AMC are soaring every year. Such high expenses are due to street lights provided to the entire city, drinking water distribution for such a large population and drainage networks. Hence we have decided to form a special Energy Savings and Conservation cell in the AMC which will find out ways and means to save energy consumption to reduce expenses," he said.