Union Minister for Urban Development, M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday inaugurated IIT Roorkee-NBCC Research & Development Centre on Sustainable Civil Infrastructure at IIT Roorkee’s Greater Noida Extension Centre (GNEC). Congratulating the initiative of NBCC & IIT Roorkee, the Minister stressed upon the need for Research & Development in today’s environment and said that the innovation through constant research can only bring in faster infrastructure development of the Nation.
On the occasion, the Minister also assured both NBCC and IIT Roorkee of the Government’s all possible support in the venture. He added that the research and innovation shall provide the necessary impetus to the present Government’s resolve to achieve the goal of housing for all by 2022 and creating 100 Smart Cities as these ventures would require adoption of new construction techniques, improved building materials, upgraded skills for smoother and faster implementation .
Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD, NBCC, briefly outlined the objectives behind setting up this ambitious project and stated that the Centre would be extensively carrying out research, training, workshops and would look for constant innovation in construction technology and adoption of green/smart features in construction. This Joint Research & Development Centre shall have initial validity of five years where NBCC would sponsor research project worth Rs.5.00 Crore to IIT Roorkee.