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Pimpri-Chinchwad civic body first to have green buildings in India

According to reports, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has become the first municipal corporation in the country to introduce a green building initiative, said Arunkumar Tripathi, director, Union ministry of non-renewable energy (MNRE) on Saturday. He was speaking at the launch of the initiative at the Autocluster in Chinchwad on Saturday.

“We have to make this initiative reach all the municipal corporations in the country,” said Tripathi. “The country needs 2.5 lakh MW electricity, but we have only 1.7 lakh MW at present. In 2030, the country will require 8 lakh MW, but we may not get it. So it becomes necessary to reduce consumption of electricity. People are using diesel generator sets to satisfy their electricity needs but the per-unit cost of electricity comes to Rs 15-16. Solar power, which costs Rs 11-12 per unit, is comparatively cheap and eco-friendly. We must take efforts to have all buildings under the green building initiative from now.”

He said that though the construction cost of green buildings was 5 to 7% more than a normal building, the energy bills were 50% of the normal building, so the cost is recovered through these savings.

Poorva Keskar, evaluator and trainer of the national rating system Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA), talked about the process to register with GRIHA to get the green rating and incentives from the civic body under the initiative.

Municipal commissioner Ashish Sharma said, “The builders will be given 10 to 50% concession in the premium charges as per the ratings they receive from GRIHA. The flat owners in such buildings will be given 10% concession in property tax. Since one and two-star ratings are relatively easy to achieve, we will give benefits to the first 25 projects that have these ratings but may discontinue them later. To get three to five star ratings, the difficulty levels go up.”

In his inaugural address, Pimpri-Chinchwad mayor Yogesh Behl said, “There are more than 250 gardens in the civic limits. We are conducting environmental awareness drives in municipal as well as private schools to promote environment conservation.”

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