Manasa Pradhan
Jul 5, 2018

Sustainable infrastructure

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Development happens and it happens fast; without a care of natural resources which usually cause environmental destruction. Therefore building and operating of infrastructures in ways that do not not disturb the ecological processes are required to maintain the functionality of natural systems.

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