20 November 2014: The Hiranandani Group prides itself on being the first to come up with integrated townships in India, and being Eco-friendly and intelligent usage of natural resources is part of the success story. In a scenario where water is a scarce resource, it has been ‘in focus’ during the planning and implementation process.
“When we looked at creating an integrated township – or, mix-use township, as we refer to the same in present day – it was about making sustainable buildings, with a holistic approach to the township as well,” says Niranjan Hiranandani, MD, Hiranandani Constructions. “So, when a building was made, we planned the with amenities -- and, the planning process also included a good school, a great hospital, entertainment areas par excellence, and a shopping centre that would be more customer-friendly, rather than Malls,” he adds. “All said and done, we do not just build townships, but ensure that these enhance the quality of life of people who live in them. Being ‘Green’ and environment-friendly is part of this vision, and saving water, conserving it -- as also recycling and reusing it -- is part of the ‘Magic Mantra’,” smiles Niranjan Hiranandani.
The Hiranandani Group has built world-class townships and introduced integrated lifestyles: Hiranandani Gardens in Powai, Hiranandani Estate and Hiranandani Meadows in Thane, which have become preferred residential and commercial locations in and around Mumbai; while similar state-of-the-art mix-use township projects are all set to follow in locations like Panvel, Pune, Chennai and Ahmadabad. “These mix-use townships are acknowledged for humanizing the urban environment and striking an attractive balance between greenery and construction,” says Niranjan Hiranandani.
The aspect of striking an attractive balance between greenery and construction is best explained by the project plan, which is people, economy and environment-centric, he explains. “At the mix-use townships, used water is treated through Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and the water generated is used for gardens and toilets,” he explains. “About 2 MLD is treated at central plants and 2.5 MLD is treated at package plants at different locations. Similarly, rainwater harvesting plants (RWH) have been installed; during the monsoons, around 1 MLD water is reused by the immediate rainwater harvesting method,” explains the Hiranandani Constructions’ MD.
On an average, 50 per cent of the water demand of the integrated townships is met by recycling and reusing water through STPs and rainwater harvesting systems, smiles Niranjan Hiranandani. Truly, eco-friendly ‘mix-use townships’ which have integrated intelligent usage of natural resources, in turn, striking an attractive balance between greenery and construction.
"I think the company has now turned into an institution wherein being ‘environment friendly’ is not only for the management or myself, it has become critical to not just the organization but all stakeholders," says Niranjan Hiranandani. "That definition – all stakeholders - primarily includes residents and intending buyers, staff, suppliers, contractors and other people are really concerned about the environment. Save water: reuse-replenish-recycle!"
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Author -Ms.Ritika Shah