Australia extends friendship to India for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Australia extends friendship to India for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure

Mumbai: Leading a delegation of representatives of more than 60 Victorian companies to Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi, Hon Lousie Asher MP, Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, & Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Government of Victoria, Australia, remarked about the positive business sense among Indian companies.

Speaking at a meeting organised by CII on April 13, 2011, Asher invited Indian companies to explore possibilities of working with the AUS (Australian Urban Systems) Cluster that offers best practice in planning and design for sustainable cities of the future, drawing on the particular experience established in Melbourne and Victoria. The AUS (Australian Urban Systems) was established in 2005 by three leading Victorian design and urban planning companies to provide an innovative approach to export in the urbanisation services sector.
 
“Ours is a hot country and that also means a high rate of gas emissions. We have consciously been trying to reduce energy consumption and several companies have the expertise in developing private and public buildings, which are sustainable. This is the first delegation of innovative planners, architects, engineers, designers, developers and technologists with globally recognised capabilities in sustainable urban design and implementation after the formation of the new government,” said Asher.
 
In his welcome remarks, Shabbir Kanchwala, Vice President - Project Co-ordination, K Raheja Corp, explained how Mumbai was leading in the number of projects of green building. “There are already 180 registered projects in Mumbai alone, covering 142 million square feet, while nationally, there are 1,046 projects. This delegation will help companies in India to learn the best practices about urban development, which is kind to the ecology and thus have a developed India with sustainable liveable cities,” he said.
 
Geoffrey Conaghan, Victorian Commissioner to India, said, that the AUS Cluster represents Victoria’s capability and experience in green materials and technologies, including green design services, energy efficient systems, building management systems and capacity
building for green building services.
 
“This delegation will hopefully be the first of many more to come, and offer India the highest quality products, services, research and development at competitive costs,” he said.

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