India: Panchkula to join movement for eco-friendly infrastructure

Anant Raj Tech Park in Panchkula ©99acres.com

For eco-friendly changes to new buildings and infrastructure, the administration is going to tie up with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The objective is to improve the city’s quality of life.

The council has launched the IGBC Green New Buildings rating system to address the national priorities of water efficiency, energy efficiency, reducing fossil fuel use, handling consumer waste, and conserving natural resources. This rating programme enables building designers to reduce environmental impacts in a measurable way.

The IGBC principal councillor visited the Panchkula Municipal Corporation office in Sector 14 to deliver a presentation on the plan to administrative heads of the district, including divisional commissioner Vivek Joshi, deputy commissioner Mukul Kumar, and municipal commissioner Rajesh Jogpal. Officials said Dholera in Gujarat, Amravati in Andhra Pradesh, and New Kolkata in West Bengal had adopted the same plan.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the big plan for making Panchkula a green city. The administration wants growth but in an eco-friendly manner. The MC’s building coming up in Sector 3, besides new community centres and offices will incorporate the IGBC’s green-building concept of using natural light to save electricity, harvesting rainwater, cycling in order to cut vehicular emissions, and promoting carpooling to reduce air pollution.

Besides, schools, colleges, hospitals, industries, and government offices will have to install solar-energy units to save conventional electricity. MC Commissioner Jogpal said: “We are going to take some steps to conserve electricity and make the city smart and eco-friendly. This project will help us conserve 20 to 30% energy and 30 to 40% water.”

The city’s focus will be on cleaning natural water bodies, treating and recycling water, managing solid waste, improving energy efficiency and air quality, producing solar energy, and planting trees. Benefits of green building include health and well-being of the occupants.

Arvind Bishnoi / The Times of India