Egis: Partnering Sustainable Urban Development in India
Egis has been providing services to various schemes of the central government including the DIPP’s industrial corridor region projects, NamamiGange, AMRUT scheme, the Smart City project etc
urban development and planning practices today have witnessed shifts from a public sector, state driven process to a plural, multi-scalar one. Egis is engaged in urban development in existing cities, including large metropolises and small and medium towns in India and developing countries in South Asia and with public and private sector enterprises for large scale infrastructure projects, in rail, roads & highways, ports, avia and other sectors of infrastructure engineering.
Technology change and the shift to urbanization at a global scale have led to focus on investment in urban services and infrastructure at a scale that is unprecedented. The new possibilities to couple the use of technology and infrastructure today, provides a very unique opportunity to shape better future cities.
In the recent years, Climate Change negotiations mark main focus of discussions in the development sector. Rather than a top down approach, the French ministries have spearheaded the emphasis to shift to individual countries taking the onus to establish their own ambitions, targets and plans for reduction in carbon emissions. In its pursuit for long term development, India has spawned new trajectories of urban development that supports competitiveness, inclusivity and sustainable development as mutually constitutive objectives (as opposed to the common perception that they are mutually exclusive).
Egis is an active contributor to the process of re-scaling of territorial development in India. The central government has initiated rescaling of territories through its regional development projects, geared towards generating employment in the manufacturing sector. Manifested through the regional trunk infrastructure projects of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Roads, Transport & Highways, Ministry of Shipping projects, viz., the Corridor Region projects such as Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, the Bengaluru Mumbai Economic Corridor, the Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor, the Vizag Chennai Industrial Corridor, and the Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor Regions and the Sagarmala Project these regional infrastructure projects cut across urban and rural areas, spurring development.
Egis has been providing services to various schemes of the central government including the DIPP’s industrial corridor region projects, NamamiGange, AMRUT scheme, the Smart City project etc. Three main innovations are focus, for Egis:
•Creating and planning for ‘Resilient’ and ‘Smart’ Cities
•Integrated design: urban and regional infrastructure with urban design
•Value engineering: Resource optimization and Sustainability in O&M.
Egis has been one of the dominant supporters to the government institutions in achieving low carbon Sustainable Infrastructure and Urban Development India at Central, State and Local levels in India. By integrating international expertise of our experts in France with local knowledge of cities in India, Egis has contributed towards green infrastructure and clean industrial activity.
Egis’s approach addresses the core concerns of the Indian Government:
Egis Green Innovations:
At Egis, we adopt an integrated, iterative ‘whole-to-part’ and ‘part to-whole’ approach in promoting Environment- friendly, Sustainable & Green development.
Use of GIS based 3-D Simulation modeling for decision making on sustainable development and mitigation of possible adverse impacts of urban development on environment remains a highly unique competency of Egis in the urban sector in India.
Egis’s GIS LAB at Bengaluru, India, offers state of the art technologies for flood risk assessment, traffic congestion analysis, health and education infrastructure deficit analysis, disease and epidemic profiling by geography and any other urban issue.
A prescriptive solution is our specialization, and offer to the public sector agencies in India.
Egis’s own technology enabled tool, TendemEmpreinte, ensures decision making for low carbon sustainable development through every stage of project implementation.
Other state of the art knowledge transfer includes methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis for the built structures and buildings enables Egis to determine production systems for infrastructure with the least amount of green house gas emissions.
Metabolism and Resilis, developed by Egis team in France are other assessments that enable Egis to innovate ‘Productive Infrastructure’, wherein engineering designs for one form of infrastructure incorporates production of resources for another; for example, the optimal use of physical infrastructure for generation of renewable energy. All Regional & Urban Planning and Design projects handled by Egis follow the above-mentioned process.
The Perspective Plan for the Bengaluru Mumbai Economic Corridor Region is an apt example.
Egis Cross –Sectoral Innovations:
Cities are continually undergoing change and design of smart infrastructure needs to accommodate this continual transformation. Our designs therefore attempt to address flexibility, adaptation through a modular design approach – while these designs integrate multiple sectors, it is done so within a framework of standardization, in order to optimize/ economize on capex and opex for city management. For example, harnessing upon locational advantages for harnessing renewable energy resources – our proposals for a port city would include ICT based technology innovations for capturing both solar and wind energy. Our energy-economists, a unique expertise indeed, link these innovations to enhanced contribution of infrastructure sector to the Gross District Domestic Product. Our work for the Dharwad industrial node to be developed as a part of the Bengaluru Mumbai Economic Corridor in Karnataka demonstrates some innovations.
Smart Energy Grids
ASTAINABLE, our flagship project for design of a Smart City for ASTANA, the Capital of Kazakhstan, adds a new dimension to innovation. Power smart grids here are linked with industrial use and quantum of consumption of energy. Heat losses in industries is captured through long loops and reused in other industrial activities located in proximity, where compatible. On the other hand, short loops based energy saving networks is enabled between industries located adjacent to one another. We have partnered here as a French offer with various cutting edge French Companies to bring unique expertise of energy economists. Our own state of the art experts, Egis Buildings, a sister concern, to estimate enhancement to Gross Domestic Product at District level with every unit of energy saving/ optimization.
Smart Water and Waste Water Management
Smart management of water resources primarily means mapping and modeling of water distribution assets and networks. Water recycling along urban roads and along regional highways has been designed by us as reuse models. Recycling and reuse of waste water provides alternative water sources through treatment of rainwater, storm water, grey water and sewage. Treated waste water, depending on the treatment process and quality, can be reused to irrigate gardens, landscaped areas, industrial process, toilet flushing, cooling plant, recharging ground water aquifers etc. Concept Plan prepared by Egis for Greenfield Industrial Node in Dharwad, Roads and Highway projects and other statutory master plans for cities, prepared by Egis India exhibit these smart management initiatives
Once again, the ASTAINABLE project builds synergies between water harvesting, recycling between residential areas and industrial areas.
Smart Buildings – Building Automation & Control technologies
Our design process innovate upon passive design strategies such as appropriate orientation, insulation, and shading, and introduction of smart ICT based technologies for design of smart building facades, electricity systems etc, which can bring down energy requirements by about 10%. Egis has several sustainable smart buildings to showcase with low carbon footprints & energy economics of which Police HO, Ahmadabad, International Bus Terminal, Kolkata, NASCOM HO, NOIDA, ASF Insignia which are a few of them.
Smart Mobility & Transportation
In our projects we integrate land use planning and definition of street hierarchies. Identification of missing street links that complete the city block, delineation of collector and feeder road networks that link to arterials and major roads and their integration with public transportation networks through ITS systems form our core proposals. This helps better traffic management and de-bottlenecking of local traffic congestion from arterials and major roads onto feeder and collector streets. It also helps the economically weaker section to access an efficient road based public transportation system. Rail based mass transit is our specialization.
Egis is No. 1 in the metro rail sector worldwide. Mass transit with intelligent systems such as metro rails are the future in this front in which Egis has done a range of work such as Metro rail projects in Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata etc. Egis accompanies its clients in their smart mobility projects, from feasibility/preliminary studies up to delivery of turnkey systems, whilst addressing technical, financial and schedule constraints. Further, along highways for example, real time monitoring helps in mitigation or elimination of accidents. Egis’s transportation teams are one of the world’s best and our transport planners and transportation economists work closely with city governments, state and central governments in realizing the central government’s vision.Our projects in Myanmar in this aspect, incorporating smart technologies for planning and implementation are also good testimony.
By Mr. Ashish Tandon,
MD, Egis in India