National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) jointly with Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) organized a webinar ‘India’s Leadership Role in Advancing Green Buildings’. All these apex bodies noted that going green in highly desirable despite the marginally higher cost of green buildings.
The associations were of the view that globally third after China and Canada in terms of green buildings, “India” may turn number one by 2022.
Speaking on the occasion Chief Guest Dr Surendra Kumar Bagde, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India stressed that a campaign should be run under the aegis of NAREDCO to spread awareness about the benefits of green buildings and the marginal cost difference between green and conventional buildings. NAREDCO, in the meanwhile, has assured of taking steps towards adoption of green buildings across the country through creating awareness.
Rajeev Talwar, Chairman, NAREDCO expressed that more and more greenery is needed in the cities. He said, “in many urban agglomerations, it may not be possible, but the more vertical we go, the greater the chance that we can go green.” He said that apart from rain water harvesting, water recycling should also be taken up and that it’s time mass transport should move towards electricity.
Rajan Bandelkar, Vice President- West, NAREDCO informed that the organisation has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with IGBC for a campaign on green buildings. He added that NAREDCO will provide all support towards this cause and assist the government with relevant data and research.
V. Suresh, Chairman, IGBC exuded confidence that the journey from green buildings to green built-environment will help India shift gears in its journey towards becoming a leader in the green building movement.
Gurmit Singh Arora, Vice Chairman, IGBC said over the last two decades India has been a global leader in the green buildings with over 7.83 billion square feet of green footprint.
Also present at the webinar were Sanjay Dutt, Sr. Vice President, NAREDCO Maharashtra and Managing Director, Tata Housing, Ravi Raheja, Group President of K Raheja Corp, Kishore Bhatija, Vice President, NAREDCO Maharashtra and Dr Chandrashekar Hariharan, Senior Fellow & National Executive Member CII IGBC.