The Odisha government has decided to make solar rooftops mandatory for new building plan approval in the smart city Bhubaneswar.
In view of huge consumption of electricity in Bhubaneswar, the Science & Technology Secretary Bhaskar Jyoti Sarma stated that the installation of solar panels should be mandatory for building plan approval.
Initially, the solar generation in building by-laws for installation of the solar rooftop was considered for Bhubaneswar through the BDA (Bhubaneswar Development Authority) regulatory.
However, an appropriate scheme in this regard will be formulated for providing an initial subsidy of Rs 10,000 per KW for the promotion of solar rooftops throughout the State.
The move came at the first Executive Council meeting of Odisha State Council on Science and Technology held under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi at the State Secretariat on Jan 21, 2019.