New Delhi: Climate Parliament, a global network of legislators working to promote renewable energy, has urged the Urban Development Ministry to create a green energy fund to focus on utilisation of renewable energy in urban areas.
MP Vandana Chavan in a recent letter to Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the cell should coordinate directly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for any potential integration of plans and policies.
"Chavan in a recent letter to Venkaiah Naidu has asked for a Green or Renewable Energy Cell in the Ministry to focus on the needs for the utilisation of the renewable energy sources in urban areas.
"The Cell should coordinate directly with the MNRE for any potential integration of plans and policies," a Climate Parliament statement said.
Chavan said that integration of renewable energy in schemes and programs of the Ministry of Urban Development becomes imperative to meet the rising energy demand of the country.
"MOUD should plan renewable energy interventions and components in its programmes and schemes in coordination with MNRE," she said.
Chavan said that Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small & Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), Smart Cities Programme, North Eastern Region Urban Development Programme (NERUDP) are some of the important government programmes where renewable energy must be integrated.
Climate Parliament is a global network of legislators working to accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
Chavan suggested in the letter certain innovative and comprehensive renewable energy programmes that can be launched in order to ensure sustainable development of the existing and upcoming cities.
The MP said that India's growth will largely depend on planned development of urban areas as the country is urbanising at an "unprecedented rate".
As per estimates nearly 600 million of Indians will be living in cities by 2030, up from 290 million as reported in the 2001 census.
According to reports, in 2011 the per capita annual average domestic electricity consumption for urban areas in India was nearly three times of the per capita consumption in rural areas.
Chavan also suggested that additional resources should be sought from Asian Development Bank (ADB) or other appropriate international organisations for incorporating a component on renewable energy development under the North Eastern Region Urban Development Programme (NERUDP) scheme and it should be implemented in coordination with MNRE.
"The ministry should also undertake capacity building and skills development of central and state government officials in charge of urban development programmes for planning and implementing the integrated energy and development programs and should assess in detail the funds required for renewable energy incorporation under different schemes," she said.