ISLAMABAD - Islamabad would be made a model city through various energy conservation measures and turned into an environmental friendly green city, to set precedence for other major cities administrations to follow suit.
A meeting was held under the Secretary Cabinet Water and Power Nargis Sethi, who considered different proposals as per directions of the President, Prime Minister and Minister for Water and Power.
The meeting decided that there would be an immediate ban on the use of decorative lights for all purposes in the city. Street lights would be regulated for minimum usage (not more than 50 percent), the use of billboards and neon signs will be regulated to ensure that electricity consumption was minimized and lights in the markets would be rationalized both inside and outside of shops. It was also decided to encourage holding social and official events during day time rather than night time, use of electric heaters in offices and residences would be discouraged and building codes would be reviewed for energy conservation for further construction.
Regarding the conservation of gas, it was decided that a minimum use of gas heaters and geysers would be encouraged. Gas geysers would be used at specific timings, gas leakages should be reported and fixed on priority and a complete ban on the use of gas generators will be enforced.
Water wastage would be effectively checked in residential and commercial areas. An awareness campaign would be launched through the media for efficient use of water in households and leakage of water through pipes would be checked and repaired on priority.
Measures would be adopted in consultation with all relevant stake holders including the concerned ministries, Islamabad’s administration and CDA authorities. A committee to regulate the implementation of these measures under Additional Secretary Cabinet Division has been constituted.
An awareness campaign for public education regarding energy conservation is being launched through government organizations, educational institutions and civil society organizations.