Reports from the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) show that over 70% of the buildings that are to be part of the skyline of Indian cities by 2030, have not been built yet. This consists not only of but also offices but also homes and commercial establishments.
“What is worrisome is that Indian cities use more of precious water and energy and generate massive amounts of waste. The construction boon can be a bane as unfettered growth can have a damaging impact. In India, buildings are responsible for 40 per cent of the energy use, 30 per cent of the raw material use, 20 per cent of water use and 20 per cent of land use. At the same time, they generate 40 per cent of carbon emissions, 30 per cent of solid waste generation and 20 per cent of water effluents. With almost 70 per cent of the building stock in India yet to come up, the country is looking ahead to a critical situation,” explains Anumita Roychowdhury, CSE Executive Director (Research and Advocacy).
According to the report, other aspects that need to be kept in mind are building energy-efficient buildings and further that much of the construction takes place at the city periphery which translates into long distance to work for commuters.