KOLKATA: The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has issued an eight-point advisory urging residents of New Town to go in for planting trees in all plots, setting up electric vehicle charging points at car parking spaces inside housing complexes, using solar roof-top panels to give shade to rooftop urban farming, rainwater harvesting and so on.

According to officials, the plan is to initiate the process to modify the NKDA rules on these once the elections are over.

As per the advisories, every plot in New Town should have a tree cover irrespective of its size and use, a part of car parking space inside housing complexes should have facilities for electric vehicle charging and buildings should have roof-top rainwater harvesting systems. The plan is to include this in the NKDA building rules.

Waste water recycling system shall be developed in all buildings, including group housings that has a minimum discharge of 25,000 litres and above per day for flushing of toilets, gardening and car washing.

The roof area of each building will have reflecting paint and solar panels to minimize the heat absorption and all plot owners are encouraged to include roof-top garden with solar sheds. Also, to minimize water waste, authorities have come up with maximum permissible limit of portable water of 120 litre per capita per day for residential population and 40 litre per capita per day for the floating population of New Town.

NKDA officials said that the idea is an outcome of a video conference that was held a few months ago with NGOs and experts as to how the authority could take up initiatives to develop a green and sustainable environment in New Town. The NKDA and the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) have been taking various initiatives to develop New Town as an environment-friendly sustainable township.

Last year, New Town was awarded ‘platinum-rated Green City certificate’ by the Indian Green Building Council.

NKDA is also planning to create a ‘Centre of Excellence on Sustainability’ later this year in collaboration with NGOs and expert institutions.

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