With the aim to minimise adverse environment impact, IT services provider Patni Computer Systems today inaugurated a 3,500 seater IT-BPO facility here entailing an investment of Rs 175 crores.
Developed on Green Architecture, the centre is spread across five acres and has provisions for better utilisation of energy, water and natural resources and is likely to consume 45 per cent less energy, Patni BPO Senior Vice- President and Head Sanjiv Kapur said.
The new facility would initially start operations with 500 employees and would add another 300 people by 2009, he added.
The facility is designed and constructed as per the guidelines of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) India Green Building Rating System for New Construction. The center is currently under certification process and is jointly audited by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and US Green Building (USCBC).
"The concept of green Buildings is still at a nascent stage in India, with only 26 certified green buildings and very few Platinum certified green buildings," IGBC Chairman P C Jain said.
Industry experts feel that environment friendly buildings not only save energy but also help in increasing employee productivity by upto 15 per cent. The global firms, who are outsourcing work to India are also becoming more environment conscious and prefer to work with green companies.
"As we expand and diversify, the new centre will support our aggressive growth. Above all, the new knowledge centre will give our employees a healthier and environment friendly workplace, especially as BPO and KPO operations run on 24x7 basis." Kapur added.