Difficult to provide amenities if the growth is horizontal: Mayor

“It is time to think about the vertical growth of the city, rather than horizontal, and civil engineers should focus on this seriously,” said Mayor Pandurang Patil.

Inaugurating the three-day ‘Buildecore 2012’ expo jointly organised by the Forum of Consulting Civil Engineers in association with the Institute of Engineers here on Friday, he said it would be difficult to provide basic amenities if cities continued to grow horizontally. “The horizontal growth of cities also affects the prospects of agrarian activities, as more and more farmland is being used for non-agricultural purposes. Hence, civil engineers have to promote vertical growth. It would also help local bodies to provide basic facilities such as electricity and water to the people,” he said.

Dr. Patil wanted engineers to ensure that even the economically backward people were provided shelter, and advised them to come up with innovative ways to construct houses for the poor at affordable costs.

In his presidential remarks, Arvind Kulkarni, engineer, stressed the need to promote the idea of “green buildings.” He said that the Tamil Nadu government was mulling over making all government buildings self-reliant and energy-efficient, besides reducing waste.

Model

“This model should be adopted here, as Hubli-Dharwad has the potential to sustain them,” he added.

The State government and local bodies should give engineers the opportunity to exhibit their talent. Efforts should be made to bring in mega infrastructure projects to tier-II cities such as Hubli-Dharwad, he added.

Earlier, president of the Forum of Consulting Civil Engineers Satish Naikar said over 40 companies of international repute had put up stalls displaying the latest building material and products.

Appeal

He appealed to the Mayor to set up a permanent exhibition complex to help such associations to hold the expo. S.M. Anchatgeri, engineer, urged the State government to legalise supply of sand and stone as contractors were ready to pay sales tax.


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