Deliberations at a Policy Dialogue Day on ‘Climate and Energy in a Complex Transition Process Towards Sustainable Hyderabad’ here on Friday organised as part of the International Conference of Indo-German Megacity Project (IGMP) saw speakers seeking increased focus on controlling impact of climate change for a better city.
Health Minister D.L. Ravindra Reddy, who inaugurated the conference, appreciated the concentrated work turned out by experts on urbanisation who strived for five years to evolve recommendations for a draft policy that would help transform Hyderabad into a sustainable city.
He said it was a welcome approach that the project took into consideration the climate change impact on the city, including the annual rainfall and heat waves, in the endeavour to work out necessary responses.
Vemulawada MLA Ramesh Chennamaneni, who presided over the sessions on day one of the two-day meet said that existing problems of traffic congestion and shrinking greenery in an urban Hyderabad would be compounded by the phenomenon of climate change and global warming. “What is required is focussed efforts aimed at minimising climate change impact and giving people breathing space while not impeding progress,” he said.
Neerabh Kumar Prasad gave an overview of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority’s (HMDA) planning with the future in mind.
At present, with the new building rules in force, it is mandatory for 10 per cent of total layout space in residential complexes to be earmarked as ‘lung space’.
The planners were contemplating changes in the Master Plan, aimed at having lung spaces somewhere between 15 and 20 per cent in both residential and commercial spaces, he hinted.
Among those who presented their status papers on different aspects on the Policy Dialogue Day were Konrad Hagedorn, IGMP Chairman Humboldt University, Berlin; Andrea Koch and Eckart Ehiers from Germany; C.S.R.K. Prasad from National Institute of Technology, Warangal and Veena Aggarwal, Centre for Resource & Environmental Governance at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi.