Separate groups of trainees Assistant Executive Engineers and Deputy Architects of the CPWD called on the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, today (October 15, 2018) at Rashtrapati Bhavan.Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the issue of sustainability and energy efficiency is critical in view of climate change and related environmental concerns. CPWD officers must ensure that buildings, roads and other infrastructure they create are energy efficient and environment-friendly. He was happy to note that CPWD is promoting modern construction technologies that result in significant reduction in air and noise pollution and optimum use of water. He urged CPWD to strive to keep pace with emerging green and clean technologies.The President said that India is maturing as a country, and building larger institutions including larger infrastructure. While focusing on functionality we should also be mindful of aesthetics. For example, our Smart Cities should be efficient and people-friendly but also aesthetically pleasing. This is where architects and engineers can collaborate and play an important role.