India: a policy for green housing to be available soon

PUNE: To promote energy-efficient housing in the country, the National Housing Bank (NHB) will soon come up with a special policy.

“Efforts are being made to give impetus to energy-efficient building sector. Financing energy-efficient housing is one of the main issues that need to be tackled. The NHB is mulling over policy in this direction and we are working on it. It could be initiatives such as loans at low interest rates to consumers and some benefits for developers,” said Mili Majumdar, director, Sustainable Habitat with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

Majumdar was speaking at the regional conference, ‘Towards Urban Sustainability’, on Friday. She added that the policy was in the formulation stage and more details would be coming soon.

“Energy-efficient buildings drive a green economy and Indian cities need to adopt this model. Use of water and energy in construction should be optimal and site planning should be done in accordance to city planning and land-use pattern,” Majumdar said adding that municipal corporations across the country are adopting this model+.

J P Shroff of Credai said the organization has started a project to train construction labourers. “As of now we have trained and certified 4,000 labourers. This training will be extended across the country.”

Mayor Vaishali Bankar said the Pune Municipal Corporation is taking efforts to ensure that the rising constructions in the city are in accordance with the central government norms. “With a rising population, the number of constructions in the city are on the rise.

We are trying to mitigate climate change by putting efforts to treat garbage and promote sustainable public transport,” she said.

One of the organizers of the conference Poorva Keskar said the two-day conference will deal with all issues related to sustainable urbanization.

Source: Times of India

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