An interview with Kamal Meattle about Paharpur Business Centre appeared in the Financial News on December 22-28, 2008 (Weekly Newspaper):
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Take to low carbon technologies
The Financial Express, 2008-12-20
New Delhi: Releasing the first ever survey of corporate India’s environment consciousness, RK Pachauri, chair of the Nobel prize winner Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change, said on Friday, “If we want to succeed economically, we have to move towards low carbon emitting technologies”. The pioneering survey is a joint venture between The Financial Express and Emergent Ventures India (EVI).
Pachauri told a distinguished gathering of industry leaders, academics and students at Energy & Resources Institute (Teri) University here, “the adverse impact of climate change is the greatest challenge of this century and the industry must has to rethink its water usage strategy so that less water intensive industrial techniques are adopted across the country”.
The FE-EVI survey covers the top corporates of India as tracked by the FE 500. Releasing the result of the survey How Green is your Business, Pachauri stated that one of the ways the industry could take the environment agenda forward was to be more discerning of the usage of water.
His comments triggered an exciting panel discussion among the CEOs of some of India’s leading companies across sectors. Taking Pachauri’s view forward, Naina Lal Kidwai, group general manager and country head, HSBC India, said adherence to green financing norms ought to occupy more space in discussions between companies and financial institutions for financing projects.
The discussion created an immediate rapport with the large audience in the winter afternoon whose questions kept the session going way beyond the scheduled time for wrapping it up.
Besides Kidwai, the panel included Subir Raha, former chairman of Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC) and chairman, Team Raha Ideation Ltd, Samir
Modi, managing director, Colorbar Cosmetics, Rajdeep Sahrawat, vice-president, Nasscom, Sohinder Gill, chief executive officer, Hero Electric, Harshpati Singhania, managing director, JK Paper, K Ravi Kumar, chairman, Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd (Bhel), Mark Runacres, senior fellow, Teri and former British deputy high commissioner, Kamal Meattle, CEO, Paharpur Business Centre and Software Technology Software Incubator Park and Vinod Kala from EVI.
The debate was centered around whether there was a need for creation of more regulations for industry or to make it a bottom up approach where pressure from investor community on the industries will drive green technology.
This is very good for GreenSpaces!
Soon, drive to Agra in two hours
3 Dec 2008, 2258 hrs IST, Dipak Kumar Dash, TNN
NEW DELHI: With the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) inviting bids for the six-laning of Delhi-Agra stretch of NH-2, driving down to the Taj city may soon be a smoother and quicker ride. Once completed, it would take not more than two hours to cover the 180km from Delhi to Agra as the maximum speed on this stretch would be 100 kmph.
NHAI sources said the date of the pre-bidding conference has been extended to December 18 and the revised last date of submitting bids has been fixed on January 12. The Rs 1,566 crore BOT project takes off from Delhi-Faridabad border, and traverses the districts of Agra, Mathura in Uttar Pradesh and Faridabad in Haryana.
“We are hopeful of good participation in the pre-bidding conference and of awarding the project soon. However, we are little skeptical of the impact of financial meltdown,” said a senior NHAI official.
For uninterrupted traffic flow on this proposed six-lane access control highway, NHAI proposes construction of as many as 25 flyovers at all the major junctions throughout the stretch wile the minor ones would be done away with. To meet the operational objective of maintaining uninterrupted flow of traffic without reducing the speed to accommodate entry, exit or cross movement of other traffic, there are proposals for construction of 32 vehicular and 61 pedestrian underpasses besides having 76 entry and exit points to the partially access-controlled highway.