Delhi mulls district cooling for business district

Municipal council conducting feasibility studies into possible project

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Connaught Place, in the Indian capital, New Delhi.
Connaught Place, in the Indian capital, New Delhi.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is investigating the feasibility of installing a district cooling system in Connaught Place as part of an ambitious project to redevelop the heritage area.

Often referred to as CP, this is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centres of Delhi. It also occupies pride of place in terms of the city’s heritage, featuring a CBD named after the Duke of Connaught.

Ramesh Raina, NDMC civil engineering director, said district cooling was an ideal system to regulate temperatures across CP. Engineers India Limited (EIL), the civic agency’s consultant for the project, said district cooling would also reduce energy consumption and reduce the area’s carbon footprint.

“Almost all offices and shops in Delhi use window air-conditioners and coolers due to the adverse climatic conditions and high temperatures in the capital. These consume a lot of energy,” explained an EIL spokesperson.

The new plan is for shopkeepers to install indoor units, which will be connected to a central chilling plant.

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