The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has laid down the road map to become the first urban local body to fully switch to green energy by 2025. The plant was approved and informed on Wednesday, 23rd February 2022.

In accordance to the plan, NDMC will purchase 142 MW of electricity from non-carbon based power generation sources, and add other 100 MW of solar-based power next year. Current utilization of NDMC is around 450 MW.

Kuljeet Chahal, council member informed that green energy component will be increased to 32 per cent this year 2022 and 65 per cent by 2023, 83 per cent by 2024 and 100 per cent by 2025.

Upadhyay said that NDMC currently generates around 10MW through various rooftop solar power installations, adding that lack of open space prevents its expansion. “We have decided that we will procure only green energy and phased upgradation of our power purchase has been finalized. There will be no carbon dioxide emission due to power consumption by NDMC by 2025,” he added.

DMC has set an ambitious target of shifting to a 100 per cent renewable energy and becoming the first municipal body in the country to do so. NDMC has taken the decision not to renew the power purchase agreements with thermal stations after the expiration. It will only take up fresh purchase agreements with only renewable power providers.

Smart roads around Central Vista by NDMC

Meanwhile, Upadhyay said the council will develop smart roads that are aesthetically designed to ensure user convenience without compromising on safety.

“The stretches to be taken up under this project include Tilak Marg, KG Marg, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Pandara Road, Tolstoy Marg, Hailey Road, Tansen Marg and Babar Road, and the total cost of the project is ₹7.25 crore,” he added.