The Capital Development Authority (CDA) Board has decided to conduct an energy audit of the civic body to ascertain the actual and mandatory electricity consumption and strategise measures to reduce its power bill, which is a major burden on its revenues.
CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz and Member Environment Dr. Kazim Niaz apprised the board regarding conservation and austerity measures deliberated during a meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Nargis Sethi and adopted by the federal government for conservation of energy and water.
In this context, the CDA has announced to reduce the number of lights to 50%, discourage social functions at night, elimination of decoration lights, regularising and rationalising the large-size billboards. It has also been directed that a comprehensive awareness campaign on water and energy conservation would be launched in addition to taking the measures to review the building bylaws to help evolve a policy, which ensure energy efficient buildings in the capital city.
The CDA chairman directed the concerned officials to implement the decision of the federal government in letter and spirit and reiterated that the civic body should be a model green city to this effect.
It was also decided to ban the unauthorized use of air-conditioners in offices and initiate strict monitoring to control leakages and wastage of water and use reflective paints on signboards and road marking to conserve the precious resource.
He said that the electricity consumption in streetlights would be monitored to help reduce the financial expenditures under this head. The CDA member finance apprised the board that the electricity consumption on account of streetlights is a major financial burden and suggested metering of the consumption in this regard.