Government aims to turn Agartala into a green city

The present building rules would be changed to make use of solar energy compulsory in buildings to reduce dependence on conventional energy, Tripura Science, Technology and Environment Minister Joy Gobinda Debroy said.

“The rules would be applicable to private, government and commercial buildings,” Debroy said.

With the Centre suggesting that Northeastern state capitals should be included among 60 cities in the country to be turned into solar energy hotspots, Debroy said the state government had started preparing a detailed project report.

A survey would be undertaken in Agartala soon, he said.

Meanwhile, the Tripura Natural Gas Co Ltd (TNGCL), a joint venture between the Gas Authority of India Ltd and Tripura and Assam Government, has announced a plan to run all vehicles in the city with CNG by 2013.

CNG will also be available to those now using electricity, petrol and diesel to run machinery in factories.

TNGCL is currently supplying piped natural gas (PNG) to over 7,416 domestic consumers and 155 commercial establishments and industrial units in Agartala and its outskirts besides hospitals and crematoriums, it..

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