Manesar may soon be home to India’s first eco-city, a place where people live in an environment-friendly way.
A team from Toshiba that studied this initiative submitted its pre-feasibility report to Rajeev Arora, managing director, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Develop-ment Corporation (HSIIDC).
The eco-city project was first proposed when the Prime Minister visited Japan as a part of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor idea. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the two countries, and subsequently, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana were identified as the sites for the project.
An MoU was also signed between HSIIDC, DMICDC and a consortium of Japanese firms led by Toshiba. These include NEC, Tokyo Gas and Energy Advanced Companies Ltd.
Arora said the feasibility report will now be analysed in detail by HSIIDC. "Then we will give suggestions to plan and implement the project," he said.
He said the feasibility study covered aspects such as water, water recycling, power, logistics, solid waste management and transport. The study was funded by the Ministry of Economic Trade and Investment, Japan.
Arora said a new group comprising personnel from Japan and India will be finalised to implement the project, subject to government approval.
IMT Manesar was chosen for the pilot project based on suggestions from the participants. The feasibility report also includes the basic concept of the eco-city, institutional framework and business plan.
An eco-city is a city where citizens, businesses and government organs live and work to deliver low carbon products and services. The aim is to build a new industrial community by maximising people's welfare minimising carbon emission.
It can be done by integrating technology in water and waster management, energy generation, transport and safety infrastructure. A minimum loss of natural resources is another important goal.
Japan has successfully implemented this concept in Kitakyushu. The town is known as a unique model of sustainable industrial development, where waste matter from automobiles, home appliances, medical instruments, among others, are recycled through private companies. Kitakyushu was a polluted town in the 1970s.