Dehradun, July 26: Water and energy services are often not good enough in hilly areas of India. One such state that suffers power cuts and insufficient water services is Uttarakhand. To improve the current situation, an energy audit of the public water works and sewage systems is in the pipeline in 7 cities of Uttarakhand under Centre’s Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).
The audit will help the state’s underperforming pumps to save energy by 30%. All the old pumps will be replaced with five star by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and consume much lesser energ. Last week, the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. (EESL) under the Power Ministry signed an agreement with the urban development department. Under this agreement, facilitation of energy efficiency projects will be carried forward in the AMRUT cities of Uttarakhand.
Energy audit is one of the key reforms under the AMRUT scheme, which seeks to improve service delivery and energy efficiency in the public system in the Mission cities of Uttarakhand including Dehradun, Haldwani-Kathgodam, Nainital, Roorkee, Haridwar, Rudrapur and Kashipur.
EESL will be auditing 440 drinking water and sewage network pupms in Uttarakhand through and audit agency. So far, action plans of the hill state for the entire AMRUT Mission period entailing an investment of ₹593 crore and a central assistance of ₹534 crore have been approved by the Centre.