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For a clean, green hi-tech Delhi

Managing director, DSIIDC, Chetan Sanghi, who is also commissioner of industries, spoke to HT of their new initiatives and the industrial policy. HT Correspondent reports.

delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2009 00:38 IST
HT Correspondent

Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) is a multi-faceted organisation with activities ranging from building low-cost houses, industrial areas, green buildings and schools apart from providing the infrastructure for the growth of industries in the Capital. Managing director Chetan Sanghi, who is also commissioner of industries, spoke to HT of their new initiatives and the industrial policy. Excerpts:

You have ventured into construction of green buildings. Could you elaborate?

We have been awarded the contract to build the extension building of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Hauz Khas. It will be the first green building built by us, at a cost of Rs 40 crore. The building will be built in the next two years. The design considered climatic conditions in Delhi, flow of natural light and ventilation with energy conservation, while using the latest energy-saving fixtures. Work is expected to be grounded by Jan-Feb, 2010.

The government has prepared a draft of the new industrial policy. What are its salient features?

The new industrial policy would be IT-driven, permitting hi-tech, sophisticated IT and enabled services which will not only boost revenues but also deter polluting industries. It aims to make Delhi a global hub for clean, high technology industries. Even existing industries need to be upgraded to make them environment-friendly. The vision is to make Delhi a hub of clean, high-tech and skilled economic activities by 2021.

While energy consumption is increasing every year, what steps are you taking to conserve it?

A MoU has been signed between DSIIDC and Bureau of Energy Efficiency to promote all-round energy saving in government, institutional, industrial and household sectors. We will help industries avail carbon credits and promote CFL bulbs in households.

The annual IITF will begin shortly. What are you doing?

Delhi will be the ‘partner state’ at this year’s IITF, to be held at the Pragati Maidan from November 14-27. Commonwealth Games 2010 and the services sector, for which the city is well known, will be the dominant themes at the Delhi Pavilion.

You are also refurbishing old government schools. How?

We are refurbishing 198 schools, involving civil, electrical and horticulture work, under project Roopantar. They will have all fittings, adequate lighting, rain water-harvesting facility, underground water tank, septic tank and potable drinking water. It aims at upgrading the physical infrastructure of schools keeping in mind minimum acceptable standards of health, hygiene and safety.