telangana-it-ministerTelangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) in technical cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH launched a unique initiative of 5-point programme on “Retrofitting of existing IT parks in Cyberabad Zone of TSIIC” at Tech Mahindra auditorium, Hi-Tech City. Telangana IT and Panchayat Raj minister KT Rama Rao launched the programme and unveiled an information brochure at Tech Mahindra auditorium, Hi-Tech City.

KTR said, “To encourage more IT parks go for retrofitting, Telangana government has granted `5 lakh each for an IT Park as an incentive to appoint consultant or an expert to advice on retrofitting. Our endeavour is to see that Telangana is not just developed industrially but also environmentally. To improve the green cover 200 crore saplings will be planted across the State in next one year.” Cyberabad has 124 buildings and we will see to it that all these buildings are retrofitted so as to make them accessible to physically challenged people. Currently three hundred IT employees are commuting to their workplaces on their bicycles.

With a vision is to see nearly 25 per cent of IT workforce commutes to their workplace by bicycle in one year State government is examining a proposal to construct a cycling track alongside the outer ring road adjoining service road to hold international cycling events or competitions. Raghu Babu of GIZ said, “Retrofitting is required for improving work environment and employability, to achieve improved economic performance and environmental performance. India has about 1500 IT and Industrial Parks. They must follow this role model initiative.

We expect that at least 30 companies or IT parks to go for Retro Fitting in next three years. This is being a new initiative we expect more IT parks replicate it. We want government to spell out new policy on greening of industrial policy.” Rita Soni, chief executive of Nasscom Foundation said, “The foundation is excited to partner TSIIC-GIZ for the e-waste management and inclusion of persons with disabilities and is looking to inculcate responsible business in the companies from the IT Park. We intend to make this as an example for all the other IT parks to follow.” The Retro-fitting programme (5-point programme) aims to improve the sustainable development of Industrial Parks of TSIIC and Cyberabad Zone.

The 5-point programme includes Retrofitting of existing buildings into green buildings, barrier free workspace and zero waste buildings; solid waste management in the industrial park, including E-waste management; promotion of “Cycle to Work”; increasing green cover in the industrial parks; storm-water management and rain water harvesting. Nasscom Foundation- the social development arm of National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Godrej GBC, Society for Rural Awakening and Community Organisation (SRACO), Forest Department of GoAP and Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC) are partnered in this project.

Companies such as Tech Mahindra, Phoenix India, TSI Waverock, Divyashree and I Labs have signed declaration of Intent for Retro fitting. GIZ has ten years of work experience and worked with 35 industrial parks around Hyderabad. German Government has already pledged a support of `10 crore grants to GIZ to study, adapt and implement climate changes and impacts on these parks.

source from: Metro India