Post-pandemic, many are considering a 'green' lifestyle and want to be amidst nature and use sustainable products and materials for a greener lifestyle. Already many have ditched plastic and are thinking of moving towards electronic vehicles, and many are busy adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle.
So, the world over, people are looking taking to the real big step of getting into sustainable housing. And Hyderabad is surely not lagging. Nawab Mir Nasir Ali Khan, the honorary consul of Kazakhstan for TS & AP, announced a few months ago the undertaking of the first sustainable housing project in Telugu states.
Nasir's company, MAK Projects Ltd, is working on the newest phase of its 250-acre BTR Greens in Maheshwaram along the Srisailam Highway on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The project will include residential properties as well as recreational and cultural amenities. The first two phases include 300 houses, while the third will include 700 luxury villas, which will be built with Canadian wood.
Khan says that the Canadian wood villas and luxury homes constructed with spruce, pine, fir, western hemlock, western red cedar, and yellow cedar from British Columbia are turning heads. This is bound to set a new trend in sustainable living.
On the flip side, India is new to such technology and design and does not have the required manpower to handle such projects, but the latest venture has already created a buzz, and the project will ensure adequate learning. MAK group is using Canadian wood as they wanted to buy from a legal, sustainable and reliable source. For every tree chopped, three more are planted, shares Khan.
Incidentally, tech giant Microsoft is updating its campus in Silicon Valley using timber to reduce its carbon footprint and eco-benefits in mind. The UK got its first green mosque – the Cambridge mosque – opened in 2019. Then, of course, Walmart and other companies too are moving to sustainable buildings. Already, New Zealand and France are among countries that are pushing for sustainable buildings, and now India will follow suit.
However, it's not just the houses; such projects require an entire eco-system of hospitals, schools, entertainment studios, etc., in a single area. India is surely trying to get on the path of holistic sustainability slowly but surely steadily.