After bagging the prestigious title of ‘National Capital of India 2019-20’ by winning the global climate challenge last month, Rajkot has added another feather to its cap by becoming the first city to get the crucial Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) certification for the Raiya Smart City.
The Smart City is being developed on 930 acres of land earmarked in Raiya area under the Smart Cities Mission of the union government. The IGBC certification was awarded based on the initiatives focussing on energy efficiency and conserving natural resources taken in the city and the master plan developed for the smart city as per the IGBC guidelines.
“Rajkot smart city project plan scored 81 out of 81 points after final certification review and got the highest platinum level accorded by IGBC. Rajkot has become India’s first green-rated platinum level smart city,” said Udit Agarwal, municipal commissioner. RMC had applied for this certification in August last year.
According to IGBC, a green building is one that uses less water, optimized energy efficiency, conserves natural resources, generates less waste and provides healthier spaces compared to a conventional building.”
“The IGBC rating recognses the Rajkot Smart City for excellent initiatives, covering master planning, among many other aspects,” RMC said in a statement. The agency will verify the green initiatives after completion of the work and compare it with the master plan.
“This certificate is important because it is a like a stamp of approval for our proposals and the fact that we are working in a proper direction,” said Agarwal.