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STATE MARKS APRIL 1 DEADLINE FOR BEGINNING ITS GO GREEN DRIVE FOR BUILDINGS

green-building-3From April 1, civic authorities will ensure that new structures have in-built eco-friendly designs that make a provision for rainwater harvesting, water recycling and use of solar energy mandatory. Details with this report. The Maharashtra government wants the real estate sector to go green. Chief minister Ashok Chavan announced that building permission would be given to only those structures which adhere to eco-housing norms. From April 1, 2010, civic authorities across the state would ensure that new structures will come out with in-built eco-friendly designs that make a provision for rainwater harvesting, water recycling and use of solar energy mandatory. Such designs, residential as well as commercial, would be given Zero Net Certificates which would effectively be the commencement permission. Despite being gung-ho about the eco-friendly buildings, the state has had a sorry track record on this front. In fact, the MCGM, India’s richest and largest civic body, had come out with its eco-housing policy two years ago that gave several incentives for rainwater housing, use of solar panels, and recycling of water. But the policy has not been able to bring about a significant change and its implementation has been tardy. This time also, the state’s emphasis on additional FSI as an incentive for eco-friendly structures could defeat the very purpose of the campaign. That’s why it will be a wait and watch whether the state’s new directive will make the significant impact that the city so direly needs. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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