VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) Commissioner Cherukuri Sreedhar said that the State government was determined to make Amaravati a city with no carbon footprint.
He said that the capital will adopt 100 per cent green building concepts in its making.Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has finalised an action plan with 10 sustainable principles for the construction of Amaravati Government Complex (AGC), he said.
He was speaking at a workshop on Green Buildings Ratings and Concepts, jointly organised by APCRDA in coordination with Andhra Pradesh Energy Efficiency Development Corporation (APSEEDCO) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), in Vijayawada on Tuesday.
He said the 10 broad themes to be kept in mind during Amaravati’s construction included well-being, community impact, energy and carbon, mobility and connectivity, resources, water, land and ecology, social equity, planning for change and feedback. Sreedhar said that 70 per cent of the new capital will have green spaces. It will be the first city in the country to use 100 per cent non-conventional energy, he emphasised.
“In Amravati, 195 constructions, including the three iconic building projects, Assembly, High Court and Andhra Pradesh Secretariat, six group housing projects and a group of staff bungalows are going to be built as green buildings. All the government buildings, including housing, will be either four star or five star rated Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) buildings,” he said.
The advantages of green buildings vis-a-vis conventional buildings, he said, are that 20 per cent to 30 per cent lesser water and 30 per cent to 40 per cent lesser energy is used. For the first time in the country, Sreedhar said, the largest district cooling system (DCS) will be set up, due to which around 40 per cent energy will be saved. The commissioner also said that The Energy and Resources Institute is involved with the APCRDA for promotion of Green Building concept.