Assessment of Impact of Infrastructural Growth and Development on Bio-Diversity in Indian Context,

Punekar, Ravi Mokashi and Ji, Shiva (2018) Assessment of Impact of Infrastructural Growth and Development on Bio-Diversity in Indian Context,. In: 2 nd International Conference of Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development-Opportunities and Challenges CESDOC, 18-19 December 2018, Assam, India.

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The growth and development of a country is measured by the growth and development of construction sector. In a way it is an indicator of the health of economy. The expansion of constructed footprint by humans is taking its toll on nature and its other species from flora and fauna. The shrinking virgin reserves of forest land and pollution has posed serious danger to the bio-diversity in various parts of India. The guidelines for a responsible design and construction could lower the impact from the present scenario. Various methods for such effort are being framed. One such tool is Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment by The Energy and Resources Institute and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. Many such tools are available to provide pre and post construction guideline to minimize impact of built-environments on the biodiversity of a place, such as LEED India. The evaluation of these tools was taken up to assess provisions made to serve the cause. Similar recommendations from NBC of India were taken into account to draw a parallel in effectiveness achieved in these tools. Further a case study was undertaken in and around the campus of IIT Guwahati to understand the impact of growth and development on a virgin greenfield. The industrial units established around the campus and other infrastructural developments has made impacts in various ways affecting water, soil, air, animal, bird and aquatic life of the place. The changes were observed and a comparison was drawn to assess the effectiveness of provisioned criteria in the tools. Several lacunae were identified and a set of points were observed which may help in strengthening the next editions of such tools.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Arts > Design
Divisions: Department of Design
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