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Cities should balance present and future needs: Hardeep Singh Puri

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS, I/C, Housing and Urban Affairs has stated that a holistic approach is required, that ensures a balance, to achieve India’s development goals while keeping sustainability at its core. Speaking at the inaugural session of 12th GRIHA Virtual Summit in New Delhi yesterday, Shri Puri said that when an individual enters a GRIHA certified building, one feels a strong sense of respect, understanding and motivation behind the architectural design. He added that the ecosystem for sustainability and sanitation these buildings provide, inspire behavioural change.

The Minister stressed that cities bear a massive responsibility for balancing the needs of the present with the requirements of future generations, to maintain a sustainable equilibrium and to diminish the adverse effects of growing urbanisation on the environment. “This period of pandemic has proven how world-class smart infrastructure in our cities can help us respond to unpredictable externalities. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had organised Global Housing Technology Challenge India (GHTC-India) in January 2019 which aimed to identify and mainstream best available and proven construction technologies that are sustainable, green and disaster-resilient to enable a paradigm shift in housing construction”, he added. The Minister informed that as a part of Construction Technology Year (2019-2020), six innovative technologies have been selected from 54 proven technologies that participated in GHTC-India for constructing 6 Light House Projects (LHPs).

He added that Smart Cities Mission is working towards integrated and comprehensive development of cities. Shri Puri informed that as part of the Covid-19 response, 47 Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCC) created under the Smart Cities Mission are serving as crisis management war rooms helping monitor the on-ground situation while leveraging various technological innovations like geospatial mapping and telemedicine services.

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