India: More Time Needed to Plan Better and Greener City

Gurgaon India

GURGAON: The HUDA administrator, Praveen Kumar, said that even as Gurgaon was not a badly planned city, it could be a better planned one. He was speaking at a daylong workshop on “Promoting Green Buildings” here on Tuesday.

Kumar said that there was a need for a separate administrator to deal with the hundreds of builders in the district.

“The problems of Gurgaon are so big that issues such as green buildings, water conservation, solar power harnessing, etc are not given enough time. We need to proactively participate to make the city more sustainable. However, we are playing a very passive role since most of my time is spent attending court cases,” said the administrator.

Architects, developers, green solution providers, energy and water companies, RWAs and NGOs of Gurgaon came together to discuss and deliberate how Gurgaon could take the next steps to promote green buildings in an effort to become a smart and sustainable city. The workshop was organized by Gurgaon First, a citizens’ initiative.

According to environmentalists and green solution providers, green buildings, be they residences, offices, malls, hospitals, commercial complexes or manufacturing units, help conserve resources by incorporating a common sense approach in design and employing concepts such as rainwater harvesting, using energy-efficient appliances as well as through use of special eco-friendly products.

Gurgaon already has a number of green buildings to its credit such as the ITC Green Centre, Fortis Hospital, IRRAD Building, Wipro Campus, Delta India Electronics Unit, Tatvam Vilas and the TERI Retreat.

However, there is a need for greater promotional push from the government, a more collaborative approach amongst various stakeholders as well as better understanding about green concepts in the general public, said participants.

Topics such as cost benefit analysis of green buildings vs conventional building, how and why to procure a green rating, materials, technologies and concepts that go into making a building green, were discussed.

Dr Kumar, added that planning for city of Gurgaon is not bad, but a lot more can be done in making it more sustainable. “Water bodies in the city need to be preserved for future. We need to work more closely with all the stakeholders including developers to see that Gurgaon takes concerted steps towards developing green buildings,” he explained.


Source: The Times of India

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