Venkaiah Naidu urges central and state governments to opt for solar power for buildings

The Vice President praised JIPMER for its solar energy initiatives during the inauguration of a rooftop power plant on the college premises.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged central and state governments and Union Territory administrations to sponsor and adopt rooftop solar power installations. He suggested that this could be made mandatory.

“Every building in central government, states and Union territories should have a solar power plant on the roof. Public sector companies should also have the solar power plant on the roof, ”he said.

He was speaking after the inauguration of a 1.5 MW rooftop solar power plant installed at a cost of 7.67 crore yen at the centrally administered JIPMER Faculty of Medicine in Pondicherry.

Mr Naidu said the installation of rooftop solar power plants could also be made mandatory.

“Buildings and premises should have the sunlight and also the natural air that were part of the architectural features in ancient times. Now we live in crowded places so there should be the adoption of a rooftop solar power plant. Building laws could also be amended to make these rooftop solar power plant installations and rainwater harvesting mandatory, ”the vice president said.

He called JIPMER’s initiative laudable and said the medical school had become a model for other institutions in installing rooftop solar power plants.

He also stressed that JIPMER had done well in the fight against COVID-19 by helping not only the residents of Pondicherry but also those of neighboring states.

The pandemic had taught us several lessons, including understanding the relevance and importance of good ventilation and the availability of sunlight in the premises, he added.

Lieutenant Governor of Pondicherry Tamilisai Soundararajan was among those who spoke.

Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, Speaker of the Pondicherry Assembly R. Selvam and Lok Sabha Member of Pondicherry V. Vaithilingam were among those present.

Earlier, upon arrival at Pondicherry Airport, the Vice President was received by the Lieutenant Governor, Chief Minister, President and Ministers. Mr. Naidu drove to the Subramania Bharathiar museum and research center established by the government of Pondicherry in the premises where the poet had lived during his 11-year stay in Pondicherry.

Mr. Naidu is due to inaugurate the Technological University of Pondicherry on Monday and deploy a solar power plant in the premises of the Central University of Pondicherry in Kalapet, near Pondicherry.

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