'Govt will Consider Providing Concessions to Green Buildings'

Published: 21st August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2014 04:49 AM   |  A+A-

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Aiming to encourage green building technology, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that the government would consider granting various concessions for constructing houses using the technology.

Inaugurating an awareness programme to promote the green building technology, organised jointly by the CII, KINFRA and Indian Green Building Council here on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said that as part of the move to encourage environment-friendly building concept, KINFRA had started constructing a 1.5 lakh sq feet building in Kochi and 1 lakh sq feet building in Palakkad using this technology.

Chandy said that the construction sector in the state was facing severe crisis for want of sufficient construction materials and rising prices.

“Wastage of construction materials, water, power and the threat being posed to environment are also major problems in the state,” he said. “Development is the need of the hour. But conservation of the environment is inevitable for future,” the CM said. Delivering the keynote address, Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty said that though environment-friendly building construction sector has been facing various challenges, it has to be promoted for the future. Industries Principal Secretary P H Kurien said that instead of constructing big houses, what is important is to construct houses considering the requirements of individuals.


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