Oz had its Emerald City, and India has its Diamond City – also known as Surat, which is known for its vibrant diamond industry. But that’s not enough for this city in India, which also is striving to step up its place in the global green race by turning this Diamond City known for its “bling” into an Eco City known for its “green.”
Surat has been chosen as one of three cities around the world to be used for an Eco City development project spearheaded by The Ecological Sequestration Trust (TEST), a charity based in the United Kingdom that is spending its money and time over the next five years on the green efforts.
July 1 marks the date during which TEST and its partner, South Gujarat Chamber of Commerce, will start working on the projects. They plan to create a pilot project of eco-friendly buildings. The focus will be on making sure that the eco-friendly cities have a system to forecast weather and traffic as well as road mapping to inform drivers about better routes to take, thus decreasing the amount of time cars spend on the road and subsequently carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.
In addition, recycling used water and developing efficient transportation systems that makes traveling on roads less necessary is part of the plan. The green buildings that will exist in the Eco City in India specifically will use less water and heat.
The master plan for handling sewage, sanitation and the water supply should be available by next year. The overall goal is to decrease carbon emissions, which harm the environment, by 35 percent over a three-year period as well as create more open spaces for food production and even decrease city temperatures by a few degrees Celsius to combat the greenhouse effect.
Perhaps an Eco City model such as the one being introduced to India via Surat will make its way to the United States, enabling America to become even more competitive and inventive in the fight to be one of the greenest nations in the world.
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