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Gujarat to have 10 mn sq.ft of green building footprint in next three years

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The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of CII, and the Gujarat Institute of Housing & Estate Developers (GIHED) pledged to promote green buildings in Gujarat at the inaugural session of the 13th edition of IGBC International Green Building Conference at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

As part of the pledge, IGBC & GIHED aspire tofacilitate construction of 10 million sq.ft. of green building footprint in next 3 years.

Addressing the inaugural session, Punamchand Paramr, Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment Department, Government of Gujarat, said that, with rapid urbanisation, there is increased stresson resources. “We should be more sensitive to our fellow citizens and work together to create designs that in a way contribute towards creating a Green City. Green is about improving the quality of life”, he underlined.

D Thara, Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, said “Ahmedabad is one of the few cities that abide by a master plan. The city has opted for more vertical and very little horizontal space. AMC is working towards having a sustainable and efficient power and water management system without compromising on city’s growth. The implementation of proper planning leads to the development of a smart green city, she added.

Hari Sankaran, Vice-Chairman & MD, IL&FS, highlighted that a green city has to a Smart City. The need of the hour is to focus on various aspects of green and in the process address ecological issues &concerns, he added.

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In his keynote speech,  Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC, underlined that“ IGBC envisions to facilitate 10 Billion sq.ft of registered green building footprint by the year 2022. Green Building Movement has achieved significant milestone. With 3400 projects, amounting to registered green building footprint of over 3.14 billion sq. ft, today, India is the second country in the world with largest registered green building footprint, he highlighted. “We have 19 local chapters to promote Green Building concepts all over India”, he informed.

Sameer Sinha, Chairman, IGBC Ahmedabad Chapter, underlined  Green Building Conference is one of the key initiative of IGBC to promote sustainable best practice and infrastructure development in the country and in the process facilitate India emerge as one of the global leaders in green buildings.”

Jayesh Hariyani, Co-Chair, IGBC Ahmedabad Chapter delivered the concluding remarks.

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