Maharashtra government has announced that all new buildings in the state will have to be eco-friendly and comply with the energy efficiency regulations. This move is a part of the Electricity Conservation Policy that was cleared by the state cabinet recently.
In order to enforce the rule, the state government plans to amend the Development Control Rules (DCR). Once amended, the DCR will make it mandatory for all new constructions to follow green construction guidelines. The state has announced that final occupation certificate can be withheld and notices can also be issued to the developer if the new norms are flouted. These guidelines will impact the upcoming construction projects across the state.
The move has received mixed responses from realtors in Mumbai as many redevelopment projects in the city hardly have any space on the terrace for solar panels. They also argue for a provision of self-certification as the new regime will add to the number of approvals that a builder has to secure from the authorities.
Experts share that green buildings are equipped with efficient systems which help to reduce power consumption by 40-50 percent and water consumption by 20-30 percent. Besides these, eco-friendly structures also guarantee better ventilation, efficient natural illumination, and excellent sanitation. Under the new guidelines, large scale power consumers, like malls and multiplexes, will have to undergo a mandatory audit every two years.
With this, Maharashtra has become the first Indian state to have an energy conservation policy. The state has reserved Rs 840 crore to implement this policy and intends to save about 1,000 megawatt (MW) energy in the next five years.