Chandigarh: Residents of the city, owning big houses on 1 kanal area and above may get building bylaw notices for not installing solar panels. With the last date to install solar panels on rooftops of such houses being on May 18, 2018, only about 900 people have come forward and applied to the Chandigarh administration for the same till now.
According to records, there are around 20,000 private houses throughout various sectors of the city, which are having the area of 1 kanal and above. These include both new as well as old structures.
Significantly, the Chandigarh administration on May 18, 2016, had made it mandatory for such houses to install solar panels on rooftops by adding this segment in the building bylaws. An order in this regard was also issued by the administration. Since in new houses, this condition to install the panel is already existing, the old houses were given two-year time. This is going to over in next 12 days.
“By including the said clause to install the solar panels in the houses of 1 Kanal and above, we had given two years’ time to the residents. Though, the number has increased a bit in past few days as compared to the previous period, the number of residents coming forward has been meagre,” said Santosh Kumar, director, environment, science and technology and renewable energy of the Chandigarh administration.
Currently, the Central government has been providing 30% subsidy to the residents for installing the solar panels. “This is a good opportunity for the residents. We are hopeful that a good number of residents will show interest in the remaining days and apply for the same to use solar energy,” Kumar added.
Since the issue of violation of any clause of the building bylaws is falling in the domain of the estate office of the Chandigarh administration, it will be responsibility of the estate office to check the above-said clause and take action as per the laid down rules and regulations to implement the clauses of the buildings bylaws on the residential buildings of the city.
30% subsidy only for social sector
Besides the private houses, the same thing was also mandatory for all the private and government educational institutes, government buildings, private hospitals, nursing homes, industrial establishments, commercial establishments, hotels, malls among others. However, the subsidy of 30% is applicable only on the social sectors likes educational institutes and hospitals, not on the commercial segment. Most of the government buildings of the city are already equipped with the solar panels.