Planing to build a housing or commercial unit on a 500sqm land? Add solar panels in the list of materials you need to invest. The Lucknow Development Authority has made solar rooftops mandatory for issuing a completion certificate to any construction work falling under the above parameters.
The decision was taken by LDA board on Tuesday as per the new state government policy to maximise the use of renewable energy. Lucknow will be the first state to implement the policy and it will brought in other districts as well.
The housing units will include apartments and row houses, while commercial units will include hospitals, nursing homes, guest houses, hostels and restaurants, among others.
Those constructing row houses will have to install solar panel themselves, while in apartments and commercial units the responsibility will be of the builder. LDA will also install solar power plants in its upcoming housing and commercial projects, said LDA secretary MP Singh.
“Besides, we will urge those who already own properties on 500sqm or above land to install solar panels in their premises, although it will not be mandatory,” he said.
He said LDA will assist people in getting details of how to install the facility on their campuses.