Hill cities have a sensitive ecosystem consisting of mountains, rivers and valleys and some of them even experience extreme weather conditions. These cities have various factors, which necessitate a thrust on adoption of an integrated planning approach for conservation, preservation and planned development.
There are multi-fold benefits in greening of hill cities in the country, particularly in the context of several cities going smart. Green and smart are mutually inclusive and would offer benefits, both tangible and intangible.
The tangible benefits of greening hill cities are as follows:
- 25-30% reduction in the energy consumption of the city
- 15-20% reduction in water consumption
- Increased segregation in municipal waste leading to better handling
- Increased use of public transport to the extent of 8-10%
- Increase in use of treated wastewater for city application
The intangible benefits are as follows:
- Restoration of Forest Biodiversity
- Increase in the City landscape cover
- Conservation of Watershed Areas
- Increase in Ground water table
- Preparedness for climate disasters
- Management of Overburdened Infrastructure
- Optimization of Alternative Sources of Energy
- Climate Adaptive Design & Construction
- Provision for more public conveniences
- Citizen engagement through the city e-portals
- Better parking management strategies
- Reduced resource consumption
- Enhanced Quality Of Life
- Attract environment conscious investors to city
Hill towns & cities shall meet the following criteria to qualify for IGBC Green Hill Habitat Rating:
- As per Census 2011, all statutory towns/ cities which are notified under law by the concerned State/ UT Government and have local bodies like municipal corporations, municipalities, municipal committee, irrespective of their demographic characteristics shall be categorized as Hill cities.
- Large developments under PPP (Public-Private Partnership) can also come under the ambit of hill cities, which meets the definition of National Building Code for hilly areas - "Any area above 600 m in height from mean sea level, or any area with average slope of 30°, considering the sensitive and fragile eco-system of hills and mountains as per NBC".
Hill cities can define a notional boundary under which it can go for the IGBC Green Hill Habitat Rating. This can be done either phase wise or zone wise and the boundary can be expanded in the subsequent years.
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