KTR launches five-point strategy for retro-fitting IT parks

IT & PR Minister K Taraka Rama Rao has launched a five-point retrofitting programme that aims at making the buildings and surroundings of Cyberabad area ‘green’. Retrofitting, generally, refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems. In the present case, it means adding new eco-friendly features to older establishments.

The programme is being coordinated by Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) and Indo-German Environment Partnership Cell of Deutsche Gesellschaftfur Internationale Zusammernarbeit (GIZ).

The five-point agenda programme includes making the existing buildings green and barrier-free for the physically challenged, waste management (both solid and e-waste) in industrial parks, promotion of ‘cycle-to-work’, increasing green cover in the zone and storm-water management along with rain water harvesting.

IT firms Tech Mahindra, iLabs, Phoenix and Wave Rock have signed a declaration of intent on adopting the retrofitting strategies. The IT Minister later announced that his government would support such companies with an assistance of Rs.5 lakh for appointment of consultants and experts on these subjects.

Speaking on promoting green cover for the city and adoption of environment-friendly concepts, KTR quipped, “We in Hyderabad want to go so green that other metro cities go green with envy.”

He reminded the Government’s plans to plant 200 Crore saplings in next 3 years and the examination of a proposal to construct a Cycling Track alongside the Outer Ring Road adjoining the service road to hold international cycling events or competitions.

TSIIC has partnered with NASCOM Foundation, Confederation of Indian Industry Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre (CII Godrej GBC), Forest Department of Government of Telangana, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Ground Water Department of Government of Telangana State, Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC), Indentcity and Society for Rural Awakening and Community Organisation (SRACO) for this program.

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2 Responses

  1. Divakar says:

    Very laudable effort. With German company in the mix makes more credible as Germany proved that going green is possible in cities.

    I think they should look into
    encouraging and providing incentives to the IT/pharma/or any company to install solar, on site power generation and rain water/flood water harvesting, build bicycle parkings and go for water free toilet.
    Like in some europe countries, govt. should collect a small fee per electronic equipment purchased by companies (to start with) to fund for e-waste manangement.

    Completely study bangalore as to why many startups willing to go there than any other city and take steps to build the environment where startups should flourish.

    Should conduct fun programmes like Code Hyderabad Week, bicycle to work week
    etc.

    Lastly, I see biggest issue with India as a whole is the quality of our products, services, processes and communication. Surprisingly I do not see the bad quality in products sold in US made in India!!. This makes me wonder as consumers we never demanded for quality. Telangana state should recognize this fact and make ‘persuit of excellence’ in our products, services, processes and communication as the mission.

  2. RAJ says:

    @DIVAKAR TRULY AGREE WITH YOU BUDDY.

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