Puneville’s Dazzling Independence Day Launch Draws Massive Attendance

The launch of Puneville, the game-changing, futuristic luxury township by Pharande Spaces at Punawale on India’s 68th Independence Day drew massive attendance of eminent dignitaries and real estate industry stakeholders. After hoisting the tricolour was hoisted at the launch venue to the refrains of the national anthem, Hemant Naiknavare – President, CREDAI Pune addressed the gathering and was generous in his praise for Puneville’s never-seen-before features.

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Puneville is a brilliantly conceived and executed luxury township,” he said. “Pharande Spaces, in partnership with globally acclaimed architects Aedas, have outdone themselves by delivering a fantastic residential project. The timing of this launch is perfect, because Puneville is the ultimate celebration of freedom of an ultra-modern lifestyle. Also, thanks to Pune’s rapidly accelerating Information Technology boom, demand for such ultra-modern township homes has never been higher.”

After the inaugural address, Kamlakar Akode, Director – Town Planning (Maharashtra) elaborated on the progressive ‘infrastructure first’ approach that is the hallmark of real estate planning and development in Pune’s progressive PCMC region, and added that Puneville is a fitting tribute to this futuristic approach which has set a new benchmark for Indian real estate.

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Addressing the gathering, Satish Magar, Vice President – CREDAI expressed his amazement at the world-class amenities offered at Puneville and also described the location at Punawale as nothing short of perfect. Shantilal Kataria, Vice President – CREDAI Maharashtra added that Punawale, Wakad and Hinjewadi are the most promising of Pune’s upcoming real estate locations and that Puneville is indeed an integrated township that has achieved global standards of excellence.

Anil Pharande, Chairman – Pharande Spaces described Puneville as his personal labour of love and the culmination of Pharande Spaces’ constant quest towards perfection in integrated township development. He was also graphic in his praise for Aedas for bringing the full benefit of their global architectural design expertise to bear in this luxury township.

After the Independence Day ceremony, Akash Pharande, Head (Marketing & Sales), Pharande Spaces treated the attending dignitaries and guests to an enthralling project presentation and a guided tour of Puneville and its various state-of-the art features. The sumptuous lunch that followed featured an international cuisine that dovetailed perfectly with Puneville’s uncompromisingly global design and ethos.

PuneVille: A Pune Luxury Project Without Peers – For The Peerless…

PuneVille: A Luxury Project In Pune Without Peers – For The Peerless…

PuneVille. An ultra-exclusive luxury residential township by Pharande Spaces at Punavale, the latest real estate investment hotspot in Pune’s burgeoning Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The project will be constructed on a generous 40-acre plot and will offer every luxury and convenience of modern life to its residents.

And this is not just a promise – it is a blueprinted guarantee. PuneVille has been conceived to stand head and shoulders above the rest – not just first among equals, but quite literally without peers.

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  • Not Just Designed – Architecturally Perfected By Aedas

This unique luxury project has been conceived by Aedas, the global award-winning architects who have master-minded Venetian style-hotels in Las Vegas and Macau, as well as the Financial Centre in Shanghai and Marina Bay Sands at Singapore.

Aedas ranks second among the world’s top architectural firms and will bring its full expertise to bear on PuneVille. Aedas is the leading international design firm which specializes in blending architecture, interior design, landscaping and overall project concepts into cohesive and stunningly compelling masterpieces.

Thanks to Aedas, PuneVille is not only a marvel of modern architectural and lifestyle – it is actually based on this firm’s deep study of the location’s geographic, climatic and environmental profile. This has given rise to a luxury living community which is not only the ultimate statement in modern living, but also completely in harmony with its surrounding in every respect.

  • Not Just A Luxury Project – A Lifestyle Masterpiece

PuneVille is a top-of-line luxury residential project. The first phase consists of 16 towers, each with 23 storeys of exclusive and uniquely crafted living spaces. The entire project has been designed with a luxury resort theme. Every unit is uniquely crafted, provided with the highest-quality imported fittings, fixtures and marble flooring as well the top Indian brands.

PuneVille will incorporate an international school, a state-of-the-art hospital and well as high-end commercial office spaces. This township is going to be among of the best in the country and incorporate every conceivable luxury feature, including a Olympic-size lagoon shape swimming pool, Club House, restaurant, landscape garden, tennis / multi-use court, lush lawns, a Joggers Track, a children’s’ play area, a serene and spacious water bodies, and a walkway at a height of 22 feet, connecting all the residential towers to the central common amenities.

  • Not Just A Location – An Answered Prayer

Punavale is the perfect location for such a unique luxury offering. It is in the very heart of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, and just one kilometer from Wakad. Punavale provides easy access to Aundh, Baner the University Circle and Hinjewadi, home to Pune’s largest and most vibrant IT Park, as well as to Lonavala and Mumbai via the Expressway.

In fact, PuneVille is a mere five minutes’ drive to the Pune-Mumbai Expressway via a specially constructed 700 meters access road. Likewise, Hinjewadi will be brought even closer via the proposed road which adjoins the project. Immediate access to the proposed 6-lane road to Baner will bring the Queen of The Suburbs, along with all its shopping complexes, hospitals and leisure outlets, within easy reach.

On a macro level, the PCMC region is poised for a quantum upgrade in its economic profile, with in excess of 6000 new white collar jobs to be created over the next few years, 36 new educational institutes coming up and major hospitality giants such as Taj Gateway, JW Marriot, Smart Inn, Le Royale, Lemon Tree, St. Laurn and Sayaji delivering the final vitalizing boost.

  • Not Just ‘Green’ – Supremely Sustainable

PuneVille will also be PCMC’s most outstanding statement from the perspective of environmental sustainability. The project has already been awarded a 4-Star pre-certification from GRIHA – one of the leading sustainability rating agencies in the country. With the rapidly increasing interest for ‘green living’ among Pune’s most discerning home buyers, we could do no less than ensure that PuneVille takes a leadership position on this front.

In short, PuneVille will outshine anything so far seen in residential real estate in Pune – and indeed, the rest of the country. It is a tantalizing vision of a modern lifestyle transformed into magnificent reality. The very highest standard of urban living – now, or in the future….

Township Property Mania Hits Pune

In Pune, something very new and exciting is happening on the residential real estate market. Where ordinary flats were once the most sought-after type of residential property, the trend is slowly but surely changing to a demand for township properties. The more discerning Punekars of today says that nothing less than the convenience and ambience of a township property will do.

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Who are these people? Mostly representatives of the IT and manufacturing sectors. These, along with some other discerning professionals, have apparently become fed up with the congestion of the inner city, and the lack of amenities in the projects there. They are setting their sights on the spacious, green environment of areas beyond Aundh. Pimpri Chinchwad, with a special focus on the booming market in Pradhikaran properties, is especially in demand.

What is it about these township properties in the PCMC area that makes them so different from other available ones on the Pune property market? Well, one reason is that nothing within the suburbs of Pune can match the bliss of living in a township property. The mantra in these avant-garde resindetial projects in Pimpri Chinchwad is still ‘respect and enjoy Nature’. In the township properties in areas like Moshi and Ravet, green environment is carefully maintained and traffic congestion is unheard-of, despite the proximity of the Express Highway.

The environment is absolutely perfect for families to live in. There is so much demand for these properties that many prominent developers have snapped up prime land exclusively for the building of township properties. Other factors also add to the popularity of these townships – the Expressway, of course, is a vital one. The Expressway is the umbilical cord between Pune other major cities, beginning with Mumbai. In many ways, the Expressway is the lifeblood of Pune’s commercial progress. In addition, the nearby Mumbai-Bangalore Highway brings in further commercial growth and intercity connectivity.

With the kind of investment value that localities along these two major highways get, their popularity comes as no surprise. However, the Expressway has also brought about the existence of the Hinjewadi Infotech Park. The professionals that work there need homes close to their offices, and also privacy and peace in their time away from work. This has been another driving factor behind the township properties mania in the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation area. Obviously, another contributing factor is the Pimpri-Chinchwad industrial belt.

In the not-so-distant past, township properties were a residential genre reserved exclusively for the ultra rich. This has changed drastically with their rising popularity. The fact is, owning a township property in Pimpri Chinchwad has now become a feasible option for Mr. Everyman.

Anil-PharandeAnil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI Pune Metro and Chairman of Pharande  Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

 

 

A Home Amidst Greenery – Your Family’s Happiness And Wellbeing

Much has been said about Pune properties lacking the benefit of adequate greenery. It is true that rapid and uncontrolled urbanization is reducing the greenery within the Pune Municipal Corporation more and more. A lot of NRI IT professionals returning to Pune from abroad express shock at how much the city has become ‘concretized’.

One of the prime drivers of Pune real estate used to be the city’s erstwhile green cover. It therefore comes as no surprise that more and more Pune property buyers are choosing residential township properties in the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. The green cover in the PCMC area is intact and in fact flourishing despite the real estate boom happening there.

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The reason for the difference between central Pune and the PCMC area as far as green cover is concerned is simply scientific, controlled development. The PCNTDA (Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority) has ensured that real estate development does not compromise the bountiful flora and fauna in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

‘Pimpri Chinchwad is a rapidly developing industrial and commercial centre in Maharashtra, India. It is one of the primary centres for the automobile industry cluster in India, and nearby Pune is a education centre commonly referred to as the “Oxford of the East”. The area is known for its busy commerce, plethora of industries, fine educational institutions, and a rapidly growing middle class and standard of living.

However, this rapid growth has created problems with infrastructure, affordable housing and the environment. The PCNTDA was established to tackle these issues and has a purview that extends over Mulshi and Haveli taluka.’ (Source: http://pcntda.org.in/)

The PCNTDA long ago recognized that without sufficient trees and other forms of greenery, the life of residents in any area becomes melancholic and depressive. Moreover, it took into consideration the fact that trees do a lot to neutralize the effects of urban pollution. Ensuring the presence of sufficient greenery is one of the foremost defenses against environmental, economic and health risks.

Reputed developers of township properties in Pimpri-Chinchwad have also taken into account the need for trees and other vegetation. In PCMC, integrated township projects such as Woodsville in Moshi and Celestial City in Ravet are rich with trees, shrubbery and other forms of greenery. In these projects, homeowners can still benefit from healthy, green, natural surroundings while also having all the advantages of modern city life at their disposal.

A green homes environment makes a huge difference in terms of health, quality of life and overall wellbeing. Adequate tree cover also brings down air temperature significantly (reducing in savings on electricity) and protects the land from erosion. As a result, these township properties in PCMC have a much longer lifespan.

Does it come as a surprise that Pune property buyers are increasingly favoring residential township properties over options in the central city? This phenomenon is not restricted to Pune real estate alone. All over the world, there is a rapidly increasing exodus of people congested city centres to better-planned, greener and more peaceful outskirts. People are tired of the deteriorating living conditions in the city, which also give rise to grave risks to health, damage the environment and reduce the investment value of properties.

Maybe it’s time that you offered your family the advantage of healthier, greener home surroundings, too?

Posted by: K. D. Nagarkar

Green Building Initiative At PCMC

(Source: Daily Bhaskar)

Pune: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) launched its ‘Green Building Initiative’ on Saturday. The initiative was inaugurated by PCMC commissioner, Ashish Sharma and mayor, Yogesh Behl at the Auto Cluster, Chinchwad.

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On the occasion, Behl said buildings had a major impact on the environment in terms of depletion of natural resources due to building materials, enormous energy consumption and wastage of water during and after construction and pollution of urban air. Thus emerged the need for green buildings to benefit the environment and to provide a better place for the occupants to live and work in.

Sharma said, “The PCMC has always been proactive in taking steps towards better living environments for urban dwellers. It is now the first municipal corporation to make a conscious effort towards its responsibility towards natural resources and the impact on society by incentivising green rating for integrated habitat assessment — Griha — rating system in their jurisdiction.”

The Energy & Resources Institute (Teri) developed Griha jointly with the Union ministry of new and renewable energy, which is suitable for all types of buildings. This rating system not only takes care of energy conservation, but also looks into water and waste management. Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitats (Adarsh) is mandated to promote development of buildings in India through Griha.

By this initiative of incentivising Griha-rated green buildings in PCMC area, there will be savings in potable water usage, waste water treatment and solid waste management.

Property owners in green buildings will be benefited by reduction in pollution related to air, noise, soil and water. There will be savings in energy consumption. The developer will get the discount in premium amount of building permission charges as per the rating awarded by Griha. There will be a discount of 10% in property tax for end-users. The developer can seek fast track environmental clearance through Griha pre-certification, added PCMC environment department officials.

http://daily.bhaskar.com/article/MAH-PUN-green-building-initiative-at-pcmc-2311533.html

Pune Real Estate: Why Integrated Residential Projects Make Ultimate Sense

Pune PropertyI have often been asked why developers such as Pharande Spaces concentrate primarily on large, integrated residential property projects. After all, doesn’t it make more business sense for Pune builders to launch smaller projects?

Why don’t developers of large-format residential property schemes cash in for demand for more ordinary flats for sale in Pune? Here are some of the arguments I hear:

•    The developer’s construction costs for smaller residential property developments is much lower
•    They require a lot less land, and can be constructed in central areas where demand is high
•    They can benefit from whatever infrastructure already exists in the locality, so there’s no need to put in much more
•    They can be constructed much faster and also sell much faster to a ready clientele who are looking for flats for sale in Pune
•    There was demand for smaller residential projects even while the recession was on

Tempting arguments, for sure – but they represent the small picture.

•    True, integrated residential projects can only come into existence if the developer has considerable land parcels at his disposal. Even if he does, such land parcels are only available in areas like Pune’s Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, which is not near the city center.
•    True, he must supply all the infrastructure and public utilities in such a residential project
•    True, there is a ‘wastage’ of develop-able area because such large residential developments, by necessity, call for huge open spaces
•    True, integrated residential projects take a much longer time to complete than smaller, stand-alone projects

However, this is a limited viewpoint. It does not factor in the most pressing requirements on the Pune residential property market – regulated urban development. The fact is – a multitude of smaller projects disfigure the face of a location, put its infrastructure under tremendous pressure and are usually overpriced because of ‘location value’. One look at the current property rates in Pune will confirm this – what you pay for in location, you lose in comfort and convenience.

In sharp contrast, well-planned integrated residential property schemes beautify, uplift and give value to a new location. Not only do they bring in their own infrastructure – despite being on the outskirts, they also provide residents with all the benefits and comforts of a more centralized location. The vast open areas provided in integrated residential projects are not wasted space – they are what spacious, dignified living is all about.

There is more. Because integrated residential projects have their own retail outlets, office complexes and entertainment facilities, they reduce commuting and transportation time and expense. In fact, they inject life into a new location and raise its value on the real estate market.

For the sake of an argument, let us consider the Woodsville project at Ravet in Pune’s PCMC area:

•    It is located next to a major arterial road that provides direct access to Pune city and the most prominent industrial hubs of the Pimpri Chinchwad MIDC
•    It is a self-contained and completely integrated residential project that has homes of every description and to suit every budget
•    It offers retail, healthcare and entertainment facilities to its residents
•    Like many other projects of its kind, it offers 360-degree, multi-level security to home owners

What smaller residential project in a city like Pune can offer so much to its residents within a single location?

Developers like Pharande Spaces focus on integrated residential developments because they positively transform the landscape and uphold all precepts of sustainable development.

Moreover, the new generation of large, integrated residential projects in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation have made modern, fully-equipped and self-sufficient residential projects affordable to the middle class. No longer are such properties available only to moneyed HNIs and NRIs.

Thanks to this, even salaried individuals can buy a home in a project such as Woodsville or Celestial City, both of which offer well-defined living spaces, recreation facilities, office complexes, convenient retail establishments and a superior standard of living. These projects offer ultimate value for money to those who seek to buy property in Pune.

Which leads back to the original point. In a city like Pune, integrated residential schemes make more sense than smaller projects because they are the most modern and sustainable model of urban growth – and to a better way of living.

To own a home in one of them is an assurance of a lifestyle that cannot be replicated elsewhere in a crowded city. Developing such a project is more than a business proposition – it is an opportunity to contribute to the future of the city’s real estate market.

Is that not reason enough?

Anil Pharande is Vice President of CREDAI (Pune Metro) and Chairman of Pharande Spaces, a leading construction and development firm that develops township properties in the PCMC area of Pune, India.

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Pune Mayor: Go Green, Get Tax Rebate

Mayor Mohansingh Rajpal has said that builders should play a more pro-active role in developing facilities for recycling of water, rainwater harvesting, sewage treatment as this will help reduce the load on Pune Municipal Corporation.

“In return, the PMC offers a 10% reduction in property tax that will make a project more attractive to buyers,” he said, while inaugurating the property exhibition series of CREDAI, Pune, VITS Hotel, Balewadi.

The mayor said, “The young generation of builders is doing a lot of good work for the city. Pune needs more and more young people in the process of development of the city,” he said.

The mayor asked CREDAI members to explore ways in which tourism can be increased in the city and assist the PMC to develop projects such as cleaning up the river, development of a world class exhibition centre, museums and malls.

The CREDAI, Pune, exhibition is from August 6 to 8. Projects on display cater to 1BHK to 5BHK flats, bungalow plots, pent houses, farmhouse plots covering all areas in PMC and PCMC.

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Pune Can Make Rain Water Harvesting Work

PUNE: The writing is on the wall. The city’s population is rising and its water needs are growing by the day. So the city must save water through as many ways as possible or faces cuts year after year.

Among the options, rain water harvesting (RWH) stands out as the most workable solution. It has been tried and tested in several metros like Chennai and Bangalore where it has improved groundwater levels significantly and made new buildings in Mumbai explore the option.

While individual efforts in the city to store rain water to recharge ground water levels stand out as classic examples and many citizens back the idea and want the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to make it mandatory for all buildings, the civic body says it is not such a feasible way to save water. Experts find it a question of willingness.

At the top, the state government is keen on rain water harvesting. The water supply and sanitation department had issued a government resolution in 2002 approving RWH as a means of improving water supplies. The GR details various RWH techniques, their costing and availability of funds.

However, civic officials want the push to come from the state government. “The PMC is waiting for the state government’s directives to make a RWH compulsory for new constructions in the city. As of now, it is voluntary for new constructions. Once the state issues directives, the civic body will follow it,” said PMC’s deputy city engineer Rajendra Raut.

Unlike Chennai where the government made it mandatory for all buildings including government offices to have RWH in 2003, the PMC has said the costs and infrastructure made it an unfeasible option here.

Of the 6.5 lakh properties in Pune, only some 600 have implemented RWH. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) grants concessions in property tax to societies that implement one or two of the eco friendly techniques like rainwater harvesting, solar heating techniques or vermi-composting.

A five per cent rebate is granted if any one of the techniques is followed and ten per cent if two techniques are implemented. City engineer Prashant Waghmare said, “We have not made it compulsory. It is not possible to ask old property owners in the city to opt for this technique as they do not have the space or the side margins required to set up the system.

“It is not feasible to make rainwater harvesting compulsory. It involves cost and infrastructure. At many places the geological conditions do not permit such a system, especially where the hard rock forms the base of the land. Setting up such an infrastructure is expensive in such cases,” said Raut.

RWH consultant Jyoti Panse said the techniques was not prohibitive. “Compared to the price we pay for water during crises, the RWH investment is less and a one-time investment.

Until the PMC opts for a metered water system, people will not understand the value of water. Once water is tagged with value, people will understand its worth and the importance of rain water harvesting,” she said.

That there is little initiative from the citizens too is apparent. A total of 8,063 properties were given tax concession in 2009-10. According to the property tax department, 1,185 had implemented solar heating and 2,171 had taken up vermicomposting.

In sharp contrast, just one property had rain water harvesting. In a combination of two techniques, 4,227 properties had both solar and vermicomposting while 579 had rainwater harvesting and vermicomposting. Willingness will be the bottomline for RWH to gain ground, said Panse.

All That You Want To Know About Rain Water Harvesting

Can I harvest rain in my own house?

Yes. Structures to harvest rain require little space. A dried borewell, a row of soak pits or a tank concealed below the ground are all that you need. The open spaces like rooftops and the ground can be used as your catchment (surface to catch rain).

How much will it cost?

Costs vary depending on the area of your roof and other structures that you will use to harvest rain. But it does not require major construction work, so the expenses suit most pockets. Find out for yourself on websites including http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org

Who will build it and how long will it take?

You need someone who understands RWH. It is simple, but it still needs someone who has experience in the principles of rainwater harvesting. Then a skilled mason or a plumber can do the job for you within 10 days.

Who will it benefit?

Your groundwater will get recharged. But as groundwater finds its own way, your neighbourhood will gain too. So for best results, get all your neighbourhood societies to become rainwater harvesters as well.

What will be the quality of water?

You are putting rain water into the ground, which once contaminated, cannot be cleaned easily. Do not let water with sewage or other dirt flow into your recharge pits. This is why the cleanest rainwater is from our rooftops. There are also filters to keep some dirt out.

Does it require maintenance?

Once or twice a year, at very little cost. Remember rainwater harvesting means that you have to get involved. This is about making water all our business and about building our relationship with water, with the environment. Harvest rain and learn the value of each raindrop.

What are types in rainwater harvesting?

Rooftop RWH is the one in which roof-water is collected and directed into a bore well pipe after filtration or can be stored in a storage tank and used for non-potable requirements

Collection of rainwater that falls on the ground is called surface rain water harvesting. This water is polluted as it comes in contact with the ground, so it should be recharged into the ground by means of filtering recharge pits

(Source: Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi)

Why Rainwater Harvesting

  • It is a simple, economical and ecofriendly technique of preserving every drop of water falling on the earth.
  • It is the process of gathering and storing rain drops and preventing runoff, evaporation and seepage for its efficient utilisation and conservation.
  • It is an effective option to gather rain water and store it.
  • Harvesting helps utilise a large quantity of good quality water which otherwise goes waste.

Just A Little Space

Harvesting rain needs little space. A dried bore well, a row of soak pits or a tank concealed below the ground are all that is needed. The open spaces, rooftops and ground can be used as catchment area. Groundwater will be recharged, and as groundwater finds its way around, the neighbourhood will gain too.

Cost Factor

The cost is calculated based on the size of the building and various other considerations. Pune receives a total rainfall of around 700 mm through the year. An apartment block or a bungalow with 1,000 sq ft terrace can save around 60-70,000 litres of water every year.

Hardware costs for installing a rainwater harvesting system is between Rs 10 and Rs 12 per sq ft of terrace area. Harvested rain water can be diverted to existing bore well water or flushing water storage tank.

Approximate cost of this storage tank is Rs five to six per litre of the tank capacity. A building of Rs 24 flats will incur an expense of about Rs 1 lakh for installation of the system.

This article was reprinted from the Times of India.

World Environment Day: Green Company Award For Pune Firm

Pune-based leading Innovative Infrastructure Solutions’ provider Synefra Engineering & Construction Ltd has bagged the ‘Global Green Company of the Year 2010’ award under the category of Global Green Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2010 for its efforts and investment towards environment and sustainable development.

The award was presented by Green Energy Foundation (GEF) in association with UNESCO on the occasion of World Environment Day, held at MCCIA Trade Towers last week.

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World Environment Day: Green Company Award For Pune Firm

Pune-based leading Innovative Infrastructure Solutions’ provider Synefra Engineering & Construction Ltd has bagged the ‘Global Green Company of the Year 2010’ award under the category of Global Green Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2010 for its efforts and investment towards environment and sustainable development.

The award was presented by Green Energy Foundation (GEF) in association with UNESCO on the occasion of World Environment Day, held at MCCIA Trade Towers last week.

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