Amaravati, the newest and under-construction city of India, has been given platinum award by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). The award will be given to Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (AP-CRDA) Commissioner Cheurkuri Sreedhar during the upcoming Happy Cities Summit.
The IGBC has given all 86 points which the CRDA had applied for, on the basis of the parameters including 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.
AP-CRDA has already announced that it will be taking string of measures to create micro-climate in the core capital region of Amaravati. The aim is to keep pollution level at the lowest level and make the youngest capital a blue-green city. It should be noted that Vijayawada is considered to be one of the cities in South India with highest pollution level. Allied wings of the government have set on the task of creating micro-climate and Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) being the statutory organisation entrusted to implement environmental laws and rules in the State, will be monitoring the initiatives.
AP-CRDA will also be constituting an Environment Cell to monitor and ensure that all new buildings coming up in the core capital region follow the green building concept norms. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has also put in place two committees to supervise and implement the green norms. Any building occupying 20,000-sq.m of space must dedicate a minimum of 10% place for greenery besides mandatory installation of solar plants. At least one third of the rooftop space should have solar panels.