Improving energy efficiency, reducing its wastage and healthier consumption could help Hyderabad join the league of the world’s green cities

“Do they actually need so many lights and air-conditioners? Can’t the buildings be designed to save on power?”

Only when each of its buildings is designed and operated with environmental-friendly practices can a city claim to be ‘green’, said city-based environmentalist K. Purushotham Reddy here on the occasion on Earth Day on Tuesday.

Addressing a gathering on ‘Green Cities’ organised by the CII-Indian Green Building Council, Vaishnavi School of Architecture and Planning and the Council for Green Revolution, Prof. Reddy decried the excessive use of electricity for running air-conditioners and lighting at government offices.

For Hyderabad to be classified a ‘Green City’, there ought to be initiatives to protect water bodies, collect and dump waster efficiently, improve mass transportation and plan living spaces in a more scientific fashion.

Vaishnavi School of Architecture and Planning principal K.J.A.B. Babu said around 192 countries across the globe observe ‘Earth Day’ to ponder over issues related to the environment and protecting natural resources.

R. Dileep Reddy, chairman of the Green Alliance for Conservation of Eastern Ghats (GrACE), stressed on the need to understand that humans did not own Planet Earth, but were merely tenants who have no right to cause damage to its natural resources. Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University Vice-Chancellor P. Padmavathi and others participated in the meeting.

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