Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has awarded its prestigious Green City 'Platinum' rating to Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR), an industrial city coming up in Gujarat as part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project.
Dholera, with a total footprint of over 920 sq km and developable area of 540 sq km is the country's largest upcoming green city.
The ratings certificate was presented by Tai Lee Siang, chairperson, World Green Building Council, today at the IGBC's Green Building Congress 2016 in Mumbai.
Dholera is one of the first few cities in the world and the first greenfield city in India to achieve the IGBC green city rating.
Dholera has been selected based on credit points achieved in seven environmental categories as defined by IGBC Green Cities rating: Eco-vision; Land Use Planning and Built Environment; Health and Well-Being; Sustainability Mobility; Water, Energy and Infrastructure Management, Information and Communications Technology; and Innovation in City Planning, besides the IGBC mandatory requirements.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Green Building Congress 2016, Alkesh Kumar Sharma, CEO and MD, DMICDC, said the city's world-class infrastructure is benchmarked against best practices from around the world and would incorporate such features like efficient mobility planning; 100 per cent treatment and reuse of waste water; 100 per cent collection of solid waste with no public dumping of waste; storm water management and rain water harvesting.
Dholera is conceived as a green city right from the design stage and the project team have made concerted efforts towards this direction.
In days to come, Dholera will offer growth opportunities to industrial anchor tenants in various sectors like defence, aerospace and heavy engineering. ''The Platinum rating will ultimately benefit our customers because the life cycle costs of running Dholera will be less than other cities,'' Mr Sharma said.
''IGBC's recognition has given us yet another opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves in developing a world class green city, where health, quality and well-being of the citizens is given top-most priority.''
Similar practices and standards have been set up for other greenfield cities under development in DMIC project, he added. UNI NY SW RSA 1429
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