The minister for energy, new and renewable energy, Chandrashekar Bawankule, on Wednesday appealed to the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) to convert the entire city’s street lighting into LED to save 85% of electricity.Bawankule was speaking at a conclave on ‘Lighting & Solar Rooftop System’, organized by the Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA) at Chhatrapati Shahu College of Engineering here.He suggested a three-point programme to the AMC to conserve power. He also urged the civic body to implement drinking water system on solar power and establish a sewage water treatment plant similar to Katol model in Nagpur, which would not only help generate biogas but around 50% of the recycled water can be used for domestic purpose.
The minister said that there is obvious imbalance in industrial growth between the rest of Maharashtra and the backward regions, Marathwada and Vidharbha. “To give a major boost to industrialization in backward areas, the government has allocated Rs 1,016 crore for subsidy in the 2016-17 budget. Now, it is the turn of the industries to avail maximum of the incentives. The industries need to become energy efficient by using the latest technology,” he said, and appealed to the CMIA to take initiative along with the MEDA for creating awareness among the entrepreneurs for using energy efficiently.
Bawankule said that since the government is committed for usage of non-conventional energy, it has planned to distribute 10,000 solar water pumps to farmers in the 18 drought-affected districts of Marathwada, Vidarbha and the western Maharashtra region. The government has also decided to install solar grids in idle farms so that solar energy can be supplied for around 12 hours during the day to farmers in subsidized rates.Stating that Maharashtra will have an energy saving policy soon, he said “We have invited proposals from experts in the field to develop the energy conservation policy. The government is of the opinion that efforts to conserve energy should be initiated at its own level to begin with. We are one of the major consumers of power in the state. We should set an example by implementing energy efficient systems so that people would follow them.”
The CMIA president Gurpreetsing Bagga said the conclave was organized to guide minor, small and medium entrepreneurs in their bid to explore renewable energy sources and to help tackle the impending power crisis.The conclave witnessed participation of around 500 from industries and academia from the region. “The basic aim of the event was to provide a unique opportunity to the industry-academia of get first-hand information to get oriented with the latest trends and the technology,” said CMIA former president Mukund Kulkarni.