‘Not Just Building Square Feet of Space: Being ‘Green’ and Eco-friendly is Part of our Vision’ : Niranjan Hiranandani

‘Not Just Building Square Feet of Space: Being ‘Green’ and Eco-friendly is Part of our Vision’ : Niranjan Hiranandani

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Hiranandani Group

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Sustainable Development is all about being eco-friendly, coupled with an intelligent usage of natural resources, said Niranjan Hiranandani, the visionary who has been the driving force behind real estate projects created under the Hiranandani brand.

Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai; Hiranandani Meadows and Hiranandani Estate, Thane; are path-breaking projects which created the model of integrated townships; something that has transformed Indian real estate.

On-going projects include Signature, a commercial tower at GIFT City, Ahmedabad; Hiranandani Fortune City, Panvel and Hiranandani Parks, Oragadam, Chennai. “The Panvel and Oragadam, Chennai projects will offer the signature Hiranandani offering, of an integrated township which offers  work-spaces located within walking distance of residential real estate. “These projects make the ‘walk to work and walk back home’ concept a reality,” said Niranjan Hiranandani.

The catch-word is creating a project where real estate construction is set amidst green spaces, as opposed to creating constructed spaces and laying out green spots in between, h explained. Being eco-friendly and green is an integral part of this, and this includes community living that is defined by being environment-friendly, he added.

“Water is a scarce resource, and its ‘intelligent usage’ includes rain water harvesting, sewage treatment and well-managed water distribution system within the project. Ensuring that sustainable development is a success, being environment-friendly has always been ‘in-focus’ during the planning and implementation process at our projects,” he added.

The Hiranandani Group prides itself on being the first to come up with integrated townships in India which are eco-friendly, and intelligent usage of natural resources is part of the success story. “Water, a scarce resource, has been ‘in-focus’ during the planning and implementation process at Hiranandani Fortune City, Panvel and Hiranandani Parks, Oragadam,” explained Niranjan Hiranandani.

“When we look at the creation of an integrated township – or, mixed – use township, as we refer to the same in present day – it has been about making sustainable buildings, with a holistic approach,” said Niranjan Hiranandani. It is not just about building townships. We ensure that the quality of life of people who live in them gets enhanced. Being ‘Green’ and environment-friendly is part of this vision, and saving water, conserving it — as also recycling and reusing it — is part of the ‘Magic Mantra’.  This process at the Hiranandani integrated townships has created the basis for a verdant green environment, and home-owners within these project are among the lucky few who enjoy the difference,” he added.

The world-class townships which introduced integrated lifestyles: Hiranandani Gardens in Powai, Mumbai as also Hiranandani Estate and Hiranandani Meadows in Thane, have become preferred residential and commercial locations; similar state-of-the-art mix-use township projects are all set to follow in locations like Panvel, Pune and Ahmedabad. These mixed-use townships are acknowledged for humanizing the urban environment and striking an attractive balance between greenery and construction. At Hiranandani Parks, Oragadam, water bodies punctuate verdant green ‘naturescapes’, while Hiranandani Fortune City, Panvel offers a verdant green environment.

The aspect of striking an attractive balance between greenery and construction is best explained by the project plan, which is people, economy and environment-centric, he explains. “At Hiranandani Estate, Thane, used water is treated through Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and the water generated is used for maintaining the lush green gardens as also cleaning purposes,” he said. “About 2 MLD is treated at central plants and 2.5 MLD is treated at package plants at different locations. Similarly, rainwater harvesting plants (RWH) have been installed; during the monsoons, around 1 MLD water is reused by the immediate rainwater harvesting method,” he explained.

The past record at Powai and Thane has been that on an average, 50 per cent of the water demand of the integrated townships is met by recycling and reusing water through STPs and rainwater harvesting systems. “We have planned to better this at Hiranandani Parks, Oragadam; and Hiranandani Fortune City, Panvel,” smiled Niranjan Hiranandani. “These will turn out to be true, eco-friendly ‘mixed – use townships’ with integrated, intelligent usage of natural resources, which effectively, strikes an attractive balance between greenery and construction,” he added.

“I think the company has now turned into an institution wherein being ‘environment-friendly’ is not only for the management or myself, it has become critical to not just the organization but all stakeholders,” said Niranjan Hiranandani. “That definition – all stakeholders – primarily includes residents and intending buyers. Also, our staff, our suppliers, our contractors, and people concerned about the environment. Save water: reuse-replenish-recycle!” concluded Niranjan Hiranandani.