Sustainability in the infrastructure industry is in focus

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Generally, sustainable infrastructure is holistically accessible development, based on global and national sustainable development. In a recent conversation with the editor of siliconindia, GV Sanjay Reddy, Vice President of GVK, shared his thoughts on sustainability in the infrastructure industry.

Humans have been heavily dependent on natural resources until now. Nature provides everything a human being needs to sustain life on this planet, but in today’s consumerist world where everyone needs whatever is available to make life easier, save resources natural has become of utmost importance. As we notice the changes in the environment with each passing day, the need for sustainability has become even more essential.

Even though we frequently hear the word sustainability, do we know what it means? Well, in simple terms, sustainability means making optimal use of natural resources and ensuring that their use does not put future generations into scarcity. However, all the changes in our way of life and need for development have resulted in disparity in the environment. Although many attribute this disparity to the rapid development of infrastructure around the world, it is indisputable that dependent infrastructure is the backbone of any economy.

At GVK Group, we believe that developing infrastructure is extremely important for any country, but doing it in a sustainable way is key. Any development that takes place without taking into account our environment or future generations is not development at all. It should have at its heart the betterment of society, the environment and the economy.


Elaborate on development without endangering our environment.

The Indian government plans to invest INR 102 lakh crore in infrastructure projects by 2024-25. With this level of investment and development, the threat to local ecosystems and the environment is justified. However, the government has put in place initiatives such as the National Green Hydrogen Mission to ensure that we are not putting our environment at risk for development and controlling our carbon footprint as a country. Big companies like Reliance Industries Ltd. and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. have already announced plans to reduce the carbon footprint and go green.

I believe planning is probably the biggest step in development, any project should be a combination of sustainability and financial viability. If the balance between the two is right, the possibilities for economic development and job creation are endless.

There must be a streamlined process for enforcing building codes and other ordinances regarding construction and planning. The ease of doing business is probably one of the things that can make or break this colossal task of sustainable development. To ensure success, government must incentivize developers through tax exemptions/rebates, availability of automated technologies, strict carbon footprint tracking, and research and development of greener alternatives.


Educate us on the different technologies that address sustainability in the infrastructure industry.

Technological innovations such as Digital Twin technology that helps mirror an asset and organize data to make it interoperable and Building Information Modeling, which is a crucial element in design, planning and construction, can change the given. These tools help to easily navigate uncertain situations and assess risks.

When creating and planning infrastructures that span decades, companies must have proactive thinking and foresight to assess future trends. Developers must have an agile operational position in order to be able to assess needs. No matter what changes come, the need for technologically friendly spaces and easy access to the surrounding world will not change, even in their infrastructure requirements. The optimal use of time, convenience and safety will always be at the center of all operations. It’s important for developers to consider what brings value to people, not only correctly, but also after a decade. The industry must evolve and re-evaluate its needs and objectives to keep pace with this global sustainability trend.

With the push for green initiatives in Budget 2022, and with the goal of zero emissions by 2070, it has become imperative that from now on, any planned change or development is done with the sustainability in mind. impact it will have on future generations. . It could be a difficult and challenging task, but sustainability must be at the heart of all development activities.

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