Chandigarh, February 22: ‘Smart and environmentally conscious citizens are the backbone of Smart Cities. And for Chandigarh to become number one city in cleanliness, peoples participation must along with all Government initiatives and programmes’, shared Debendra Dalai, CCF cum Director, Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration, while inaugurating a ‘Go Green-Go Solar’ awareness campaign at village Khudda Ali Sher, Chandigarh. The programme was jointly organized under ‘Swacch Bharat Campaign’ by Department of Environment, Yuvsatta-NGO, Youth Club & Sukhmani Society of Khudda Ali Sher and IGNOU Centre of Panjab University.

CHANDIGARH,21.02.21-Elaborating on ease of installing solar systems on residential rooftops, Mr. Debendra Dalai also said that under the RESCO model, private companies will install solar-energy plants on private property. The maintenance of the equipment will be done by the private company, while extra power generated by the plant against the power used will be paid to the company. After a period of about 15 years which will be decided through e-tender, the ownership of the plant will be transferred to the resident without any extra payment.

Ms. Ishita, the nodal officer of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan at Municipal Corporation also spoke on the occasion. She motivated people to daily segregate their dry & wet waste and promote waste management through inculcating the habits of waste reduction, recycle, segregation and composting at household levels.

Prof. Monica Munjial of Panjab University said that in Chandigarh single-use plastic, polythene bags are banned, still many people, street vendors and shopkeepers make frequent use of them. Its high-time that citizens start saying ‘NO’ to not only polythene bags but also all single use plastic items.

In the end Sh. Debendra Dalai honoured Baba Gurdayal Singh, Ex-Sarpanch, Prem Singh, Principal, Green Shivalik School, Bhupinder Singh of Khudda Ali Sher for their active participation in the Swacch Bharat initiatives in the village. All the participants were also gifted with complimentary masks, sanitizers and green plants.