The Indian Government has said that six cities in the Northeast will be developed as solar cities to reduce dependency on conventional energy, media reported.
Commenting on the issue, a Government official told the media, "The six cities - Guwahati and Jorhat in Assam, Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh and Agartala in Tripura - will be developed under the Development of Solar Cities Programme of the union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE)."
"To reduce dependency on conventional energy, the Tripura government has already launched an ambitious plan to make Agartala a solar city by initially replacing 10 per cent of the power use by solar energy," he added.
The Government is planning to install solar hot water systems in all hotels, nursing homes, school hostels, government circuit houses and bungalows, hospitals and health centres, tourist lodges, temples and the governor`s residence.
The MNRE will bare bear 90 per cent of the cost involved and 10 per cent will be borne by the respective north-eastern state governments.