India must build new Chicago every year: Hardeep Singh Puri

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By Accommodation Times Bureau


The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri on September 5 said that there is a great opportunity for the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) as India needs to build 700 to 900 million square meters of urban space every year between now and 2030 that has to be green, resilient and ecologically sustainable.

“Put another way, India has to a build a new a Chicago every year”, he said.

Puri was speaking at a function for a release of a booklet on Schedule of Rates (SOR) 2018 for new technologies and First Q R Code of CPWD.

Dwelling on the rapid strides in country’s progress, He said that our country is having the distinction of the fastest growing economy in the world and going through a major phase of industrialization and modernization with a flood of construction and infrastructure projects. Therein, he said, lie the challenge and opportunity before CPWD.  He said that CPWD must increasingly look at excellence in its projects along with private players.

The Minister also advocated the need to look beyond conventional construction practices of energy-intensive building materials based on natural resources, emerging technologies, which not only brought speed & quality but are safe and durable, thereby leading towards sustainable development. He advised that construction and demolition waste should be recycled and extensively used in CPWD works. Energy efficiency measures should be given highest priority, he added.

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