Extra paver blocks will defeat Chandigarh’s objectives of sustainability: Consultants

A day after The Indian Specific reported the way it was raining pavers in Chandigarh, consultants mentioned if you happen to begin laying paver blocks in the entire metropolis, it should defeat town’s objectives of sustainability.

Regardless of purple flags up to now to keep away from overconcretising town, tasks of pavers and tiles price Rs 6.38 crore had been handed within the latest Finance and Contract Committee assembly of the Chandigarh civic physique. At most locations, in works accredited, the present cement concrete flooring or current paver blocks might be dismantled and new ones could be laid.

Professor Rajnish Wattas, former principal of Chandigarh Faculty of Structure, whereas chatting with The Indian Specific mentioned that with pavers, they have been defeating the only real aim of sustainability and pavers don’t enable the water to percolate.

“These paths alongside roads or markets all have pure earth. How will town stay sustainable or inexperienced? When it rains, water should percolate down. It’s easy — extra laborious the floor, extra impervious it turns into. We have to perceive that inexperienced covers are important as a result of regularly in a metropolis like Chandigarh, which is a backyard metropolis and goes for renewable power, the aim of sustainability will get defeated,” he mentioned.

Wattas additionally mentioned that by paving town, they have been growing the temperatures that’s the “island impact”. “By making increasingly more laborious surfaces, we’re elevating the temperatures. In 80s too, I had performed a analysis on metropolis’s landscaping the place the temperature close to Neelam plaza was 5 levels greater than the opposite inexperienced areas as a result of if you happen to see even Sector 17 is a tough floor because it was made for pedestrians and a strolling house, although there must be cut-outs with inexperienced areas. So simply inside few metres, there was a stark distinction within the temperature and that’s what we’re doing by paving,” Wattas added.

Many consultants state that as an alternative of pavers changing pavers, different alternate options may have been explored.
Manmohan Sarin, a senior advocate residing in Chandigarh since 1955, acknowledged, “Extra pavers are killing bushes. For those who see simply exterior the Rock Backyard, 50-year- previous bushes have fallen and extra will fall this fashion. What’s extra worrying is that with concretisation, extra rainwater merely ‘goes down the drain’ and doesn’t replenish the aquifires, threatening the lives of our tubewells. They’ll run dry and it is just a matter of time. Even the inexperienced belts usually are not being spared.”

Sarin added that paving is already taking its toll on town which is obvious by the variety of bushes dying within the metropolis.

R Okay Garg, president of Second Innings Affiliation, acknowledged that “accountability ought to be mounted for the over use of pavers”.

“After a reprimand from Chandigarh Administration in 2019, MC as soon as once more has began working to spoil the architectural character of metropolis of gardens. Surprisingly, MC is giving two hoots. This has in all probability occurred due to administrative face which has since modified and nobody is aware of or remembers what had occurred in 2019 on paver blocks in Chandigarh,” Garg mentioned.

He added, “The Chief Architect of UT had issued pointers and there are observations on the identical in Grasp Plan 2031. Seems to be just like the suggestions of Forest Analysis Institute weren’t sufficient. Although now we have Native Authorities division in administration, MC by no means cares for any instructions as soon as funds is allotted to it. As such the native authorities, City Planning division and Engineering division ought to situation strict pointers concerning all tasks and engineering work of MC and repair up accountability as nicely for the deliberate progress of Chandigarh.”

The Forest Analysis Institute had in a research discovered that over-concretisation was one of many explanation why bushes have been falling within the metropolis.

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