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Vol. 3 No. 50  Pages 24  ` 10

The 'IT Plus' City Vision { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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which has been working with the State government as well as civil society in Gurgaon, now wants to proactively up the ante. They are aware that most aspiring (business) ‘destinations’ across the globe are reinventing themselves. Nitin Seth, who chairs the

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hile Gurgaon has become a metropolitan city with mega corporate offices, malls and condominiums, the pressure on infrastructure and utilities like water, power, sewage systems and public services has increased manifold. The problem has been magnified by the indiscriminate use of ‘Western’ energy guzzling architectural designs and materials, with little thought to local conditions. This Millennium City is being expected to function 24x7 with resources that do not suffice even for half a day daily. Apart from the acute shortage of power, water is becoming increasingly scarce, and most of the commercial and residential buildings don't have water recycling/harvesting and waste management systems. The problem is further compounded by poor town planning. In such a precarious scenario, where there is little balance between the needs of the City and the availability of resources, the coming up of a slew of green buildings and complexes is like experiencing oases in a City desert. These complexes are ‘smart’ and self-sustainable, and ‘green’ to the environment. "The efficient use of energy and materials, and the usage of natural elements – earth, sun and water - is the hallmark of these Green Buildings,"

NASSCOM Haryana chapter, asserts that the time has come for this ‘IT Plus’ (IT, ITES, BPO, BPM) industry to play a bigger role in transforming Gurgaon, which has emerged as one of the largest IT hubs across the world. Most importantly, Seth be-

lieves that a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship needs to be nurtured in Gurgaon, because India has entered into the mature phase of business development in the IT and allied sectors. “We are no more only a cost-driven destination. We have good

Made in Green

PRAKHAR PANDEY

ith over 3 lakh employees, the IT, IT Enabled Services (ITES) & Business Process Outsourcing/ Management (BPO/BPM) ‘industry’ in Gurgaon has the capability and potential to help transform the City into a truly global 'IT Plus' hub – which can compete with the best in the world. Apart from the above direct employment, the almost 500 companies in this industry, in the City, have also helped create almost 10 lakhs additional jobs and business opportunities - which are greatly contributing to the growth engine of the City as well as the state of Haryana. About 75 per cent of the industry employees are young, and women constitute a healthy 31 per cent of the workforce; almost 20% of the industry employees of the country are based in Gurgaon; and nearly 8 per cent of Haryana’s GDP is contributed by Gurgaon. NASSCOM Regional Council, Haryana,

quality talent, which is well experienced, and if we can create an ecosystem that supports innovation, then Gurgaon could be on a very strong wicket,” says Seth. Another core goal is the development of local engineering talent, which would help in better and more consistent availability and cost of trained manpower going forward. Seth says that they cannot continue to be over-dependent on talent from outside. Regarding the City, Seth says that while Gurgaon has ‘delivered’, and also shows great promise, there are serious challenges that it faces – including both a high cost of living and of conducting business, an acute shortage of public transport, citizens feeling unsafe and a poor civic infrastructure. Specific to IT, the Policy is not a facilitator. The re-invention of Gurgaon is also necessary because many other cities in India (let alone other Asian countries) have become strong competitors, as the respective State governments have recognised that IT and Contd on p 8 

says Salahudin Saiphy, Programme Manager at the Gurgaon-based Sehgal Foundation, which is housed in one of the most eco-friendly and ‘green’ buildings in the Millennium City. This complex, in Sector 44, has been built from material procured locally, has an intensive rainwater harvesting system and uses Solar systems to produce power (making the complex almost self-sufficient). It also has a wastewater recycling plant, which ensures that water is treated and then reused for horticulture, washing and other such purposes. Gurgaon-based architect Abhimanyu Bhatia, who has done a lot of work on ecofriendly construction, says that adopting ‘green’ technology like LED lighting, using passive cooling technologies to maintain temperature ‘naturally’, ensuring proper orientation of the buildings, and using other ‘green’ techniques and materials is essential, to help reduce the demand and pressure on water, power and other resources - which are finite. Activists also say that building ‘green’ will reduce greenhouse emissions. In Bhatia’s opinion the City administration also has to focus on developing mixed-land zones, where people do not need to travel long distances to go to office, where shopping areas are close by, and entertainment is locally available. The dependence on cars to perform almost every chore needs to end, and government Contd on p 6-7 

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