City Lights: President for increasing energy efficiency in building sector

President for increasing energy efficiency in building sector

To effectively manage the rising demand of power, President Pranab Mukherjee has stressed on increasing energy efficiency in the building sector and utilising renewable energy. "It is essential that demand management becomes a priority. Therefore, increased energy efficiency in the building sector and utilisation of renewable energy are key strategies to contain this form of growing energy demand," he said. His observation came in light of Planning Commission reports stating that energy supply must grow at a rate of 6.5-7 per cent per annum in order to meet the 9 per cent growth rate of the economy during the Twelfth Plan period. Referring to the report at a conference on 'green design', the President noted the share of electricity consumption by the buildings sector alone is about 35 per cent of the total electricity consumption in the country. However, to achieve sustainability in face of increased demand for resources, he asked policy makers at all levels to address the issue of environmental pressures. The urban bodies must make certain aspects compulsory while introducing a set of incentives and disincentives so that developers fall in line on the issue of construction of environmental friendly buildings and the bigger houses and complexes also follow this approach, he said. On the occasion, he gave away GRIHA awards to individuals and organisations for demonstrating environmental responsiveness, energy efficiency and for making significant efforts to adopt renewable energy integration in their buildings.

Civic body duty bound to pull down derelict buildings: Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court has ruled that a municipal body is duty bound to pull down a dilapidated building or structure and police is also obliged to provide logistic support to this exercise even though the occupants of the property may be unwilling to vacate the premises. The ruling was delivered on Thursday by Justices KK Tated and AM Khanwilkar who were hearing a petition filed by Tadeshwar Wadi Cooperative Housing Society seeking directions to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and police to evict the tenants and pull down the dilapidated structure. "In doing so (removing the structure), the Corporation may have to resort to eviction of the occupants but that drastic action would be of a far lesser degree than the loss or damage to be caused in the neighbourhood on account of sudden collapse of the dilapidated and dangerous building," the bench observed.

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