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Delhi residents to pay environment compensation for polluting Yamuna

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Yamuna River in New Delhi, India. (Pollution, environmental, Scavengers at work in the Yamuna at Qudesia Ghat, Boat, Garbage)

Yamuna River in New Delhi, India. (Pollution, environmental, Scavengers at work in the Yamuna at Qudesia Ghat, Boat, Garbage)

By NewsGram Staff Writer

The National Green Tribunal yesterday said that every Delhi resident is responsible for polluting the river Yamuna and therefore every household will have to pay a certain amount of money each month as environment compensation. This amount can either be added to the property tax or utility bills.

“The monthly compensation payable by all the households in Delhi would be directly proportional to the property tax or water bill, whichever is higher, payable by such households. Where the household or person is not paying water bills and property tax and are located in unauthorized colonies, in that event, such household shall pay the sum of Rs 100 or Rs 500 per month as the case may be. This amount would be determined by the authority concerned with reference to the construction, existing on the plot,” the NGT’s order stated.

“We direct DJB and all municipal corporations, Cantonment Board, electricity companies like BSES and all other civic authorities to take environmental compensation from every household, which is generating sewage in Delhi on the polluters pay principle. It will be irrespective of whether a household is sewered or not,” the order said.

This compensation will help the Delhi Jal board’s ambitious plan of establishing and repairing 15 sewage treatment plants (STPs).

The Delhi Jal Board has to also submit a complete action plan and time-frame for completion of the first phase of the project “Maily Se Nirmal Yamuna” Revitalisation Plan, 2017 within one week’s time. Work on the Najafgarh drain will be taken up in the first phase, the tribunal ordered.

Earlier, the  tribunal had ordered a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone throwing material, including religious items, into Yamuna.

 

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BSES Launches Pilot Project to Set up Solar Micro Grids in East, Central Delhi

According to a release, similar grids are planned for the south and west Delhi, which are under the jurisdiction of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL)

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The current cost of setting up a rooftop solar system is around Rs 40,000 per kW and around Rs 80,000 per kW for an energy storage system. Pixabay

In a major push to clean energy in the national capital, Delhi distribution company (discom) BSES, here on Tuesday, announced launch of a pilot project to set up solar micro grids in the east and central Delhi under the jurisdiction of BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL).

According to a release, similar grids are planned for the south and west Delhi, which are under the jurisdiction of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL).

“These micro grids will combine rooftop solar plants with lithium-ion-based (Li Ion) battery energy storage systems. As a technology demonstrator, four such micro grids have been set up at BYPL offices in east Delhi,” the release said.

While the energy generated through rooftop solar plants is being used for catering to the internal power requirements of office loads and to charge batteries, the surplus is fed into the grid, “which has the potential to reduce the electricity bills,” it added.

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Around 1,245 litre of diesel and 0.24 million units of electricity amounting to Rs 20 lakh can be saved on annual basis. Additionally, it can also reduce CO2 of around 205 tonnes. Pixabay

Noting the multiple benefits of such micro grids, the BSES said the initial results of the pilot project at four BYPL locations have been encouraging. The discom has installed rooftop solar plants, varying between 5 kilowatt (kW) and 7 kW and energy battery storage between 7 kilowatt-hour (kWhr) and 10 kWhr.

“They show that over this period only 8 per cent of grid power (net of exports) was used. The balance 92 per cent was generated and met through the solar plant coupled with the energy battery storage,” the release said.

“Apart from this, around 1,245 litre of diesel and 0.24 million units of electricity amounting to Rs 20 lakh can be saved on annual basis. Additionally, it can also reduce CO2 of around 205 tonnes.

“A pan discom (including at consumer location) rollout of 1,000 such solar energy battery storage micro grids has the potential to save around 62 million units of electricity and over 3 lakh litre of diesel amounting to around Rs 41 crore on an annual basis. Moreover, this will lead to CO2 reduction of around 51,000 tonnes,” it added.

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According to a release, similar grids are planned for the south and west Delhi, which are under the jurisdiction of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL). Pixabay

The discom has tied up with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) to gauge and assess the performance of the micro grid pilot project and to popularise the concept.

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Commenting on the development, a BSES spokesperson said: “With an aim to increase the penetration of renewable energy, reduce carbon footprint and to help our consumers reduce electricity bills, the BSES is going higher in the renewable energy value chain.”

The current cost of setting up a rooftop solar system is around Rs 40,000 per kW and around Rs 80,000 per kW for an energy storage system. “This may further go down as the number of consumers increase,” the company said. (IANS)