PUNE: The PimpriChinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) wants all new buildings that come up in the township in the next three-four years to be eco-friendly structures.
Addressing a workshop on green buildings in Pimpri on Tuesday, municipal commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi said, "The population of Pimpri-Chinchwad will increase to 45 lakh by 2040, which will be 2.5 times the current population. Ours is the fastest growing city in the state and third fastest growing city in the country. If we want the next generation to have the same quality of environment that we have, we need to plan our future now. The PCMC envisions that buildings coming up in the city after three to four years will be green buildings."
Pardeshi said, "There is large-scale illegal dumping of debris in rivers. The civic body has constructed several sewage treatment plants in the city, but only around 70% sewage generated in the city is treated at these plants. We need to implement green initiatives so that we do not have to repent later."
He added, "The civic body is giving incentives to builders and flat buyers to promote construction of green buildings in the city. We want citizens to take benefit of this. Many large residential complexes have their own sewage treatment plants and good drainage system, but fail to maintain them properly. They should rectify this."
Sanjay Deshpande, chairman of Credai's environment committee, made a presentation on 'Green building initiative - PCMC's efforts and Credai-PMR stakeholders'. He said green buildings were needed for sustainable growth.
Enumerating the hurdles faced in popularising the concept, Deshpande said, "There is a lack of public awareness and lack of demand from end users (flat buyers). There are insufficient incentives for builders and buyers and also poor coordination among various government agencies regarding supporting policies."
Deshpande said there were several misconceptions about green buildings as well.
"One myth is that green building measures are a nuisance to a project. The second is that it is only for large projects and that the measures are costly. Another myth is that there are delays in obtaining permissions and that the concept is not for residential buildings."
Developer Sandeep Sonigara said that in such buildings, a large part of residents' energy requirements are fulfilled through solar and wind power. Gearless and weight-sensitive lifts running on solar power are used to reduce electricity consumption.
Priyanka Kochhar, programme manager, strategic partnerships and implementation at Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats (ADaRSH) explained the application process to get a green rating from GRIHA.