Founded in 2015, Prithu homes prides itself for building 'Happy homes', which are not just environment-friendly but are also customized as per user's needs, all within a span of 14 months. Prithu group is doing all this by using the alternative mode of construction which is dust free.
Construction dust is one of the major causes of increasing air pollution in the capital city of Delhi. According to an affidavit submitted by Ministry of Environment and Forest to the Supreme Court in 2015, dust is the highest source of pollution in Delhi, contributing to 52% of the particulate matter.
Taking note of the matter, many developers are now opting for the alternative mode of construction to help cut down pollution level, one such developer is Prithu.
"We are trying to reduce the usage of sand and aggregate on the site. We do that by using alternate products which do not require sand aggregate. One is RMC, second is gypsum plaster and third is ready mix plaster,"
says Nitin Bansal, Founder, Prithu Home.
While all these practices are unconventional, Prithu group says they save both time and as well as cost. But it's not just smaller builders that are using alternative methods, even large developers such as SAYA Homes is now trying to keep up with changing technology.
"We are using monolithic RCC construction technology. In the conventional method, there is a joint between the vertical and horizontal columns. In this technology, there is no joint, the vertical column and pillars are cast at one go," says Debjyoti Bose, COO, SAYA Homes.
Experts, however, say it's not enough. Builders must go a step further to ensure that construction dust is minimized during in situ development.
Anumita Roychowdhury, Executive Director, CSE says" A lot of digging happens during construction which is a serious source of dust pollution. But the bigger challenge is that the construction and demolition waste that each developer generates should segregate on site.”
Roy says that it's now compulsory for developers adopt many of these techniques. Under the new Construction and Demolition Waste Norms, permission for building construction or any other infrastructure activity will only be issued once waste generators submit specific plans to dispose of the waste to local authorities.
“It’s mandatory now that they (developers) create enclosure walls. They have to cover construction and material. They have to wash the vehicles that bring material; they also have to keep the vehicle clean,” Roy adds.
With growing environmental concerns and stringent enforcement of the new rules, developers will soon be expected to keep up with changing technology, mandatorily as oppose to a voluntary exercise.