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Municipal by-laws with simplified green building code

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At a meeting held recently between the secretaries of key stakeholder ministries, it was decided that the green code will ensure ecological compliance for all construction projects of over 5,000sqm and it should be integrated with municipal by-laws. This means that construction projects do not have to come to the Centre for environmental clearance, but can be approved at the municipal level, provided they meet the specified conditions.

Under the new stipulation, projects over 5,000sqmt will have to ensure minimum of one tree planted every 80sqmt in the complex, an earmarked unpaved area more than or at least 20% of the recreational open spaces, solar/LED lighting in common areas, waste segregation and exhaust pipes of DG sets not emitting right into the complex. Projects above 20,000sqmt will even have to bring in energy optimization systems and sewage treatment plants besides ensuring that at least 1% of energy needs are met through renewable sources.

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) and Ministries of Defense, Civil Aviation & Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation have agreed to the new formulation proposed by the Environment Ministry. The MoUD will soon bring out model by-laws incorporating the green norms and is expected to be notified within a month.

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