Dr.Manmohan Singh dedicated to the Nation“Indira Paryavaran Bhawan”: First on Site Net Zero Building

Dr. Manmohan Singh dedicated to the Nation, on Site Net Zero Building “Indira Paryavaran Bhawan”
“Indira Paryavaran Bhawan” is India’s First on Site Net Zero Building, Cost of the project is about Rs. 209 crore
Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India ,Today,dedicated to the Nation “Indira Paryavaran Bhawan” in the presence of Dr M. Veerappa Moily , Minister for Environment & Forests and Shri Jairam Ramesh Minister for Rural Development .
This centrally air conditioned office building has provision to accommodate about 600 officials of the Ministry of Environment and Forests is located on Jorbagh Road and in proximity to other Central Government Ministries/Departments.
The Bhawan is India’s first on site Net Zero Building built by adoption of solar passive design and energy efficient building material. This building is expected to be a trend setter in the country and shall inspire people towards adoption of green technology.
The building has been designed as the highest green rated building, i.e., GRIHA 5-Star and LEED India Platinum. The requirements of GRIHA 5-Star and LEEDS Platinum ratings have been achieved by adopting various measures some of which are as follows:
(i) Effective Ventilation has been achieved by orientating the building in an East-West direction, separating different blocks with connecting corridors and having a large central court yard.
(ii)The design is such that 75% of natural daylight is utilised to reduce energy consumption.
(iii) The entire building has an access friendly design for differently-abled persons.
(iv) With an Installed capacity of 930 KW peak power, the building has the largest roof top Solar system among Multi storied buildings in India.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh at the dedication ceremony of the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan to the Nation, in New Delhi on February 25, 2014. The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Environment and Forests, Dr. M. Veerappa Moily and the Union Minister for Rural Development, Shri Jairam Ramesh are also seen.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh at the dedication ceremony of the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan to the Nation, in New Delhi on February 25, 2014.
The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Environment and Forests, Dr. M. Veerappa Moily and the Union Minister for Rural Development, Shri Jairam Ramesh are also seen.

(v) Total energy savings of about 40% has been achieved by adoption of energy Efficient Chilled Beam system of Air Conditioning. This is an innovative air conditioning system, where air conditioning is done by convection currents rather than air flow through diffusers and chilled water is circulated right up to the diffuser points unlike the conventional systems.
(vi)Green materials have been used like Fly ash bricks, regional building materials, materials with high recycled content, high reflectance terrace tiles and rock wool Insulation of outer walls.
(vii) Rapidly renewable Bamboo Jute Composite material has been used for door frames & shutters.
(viii) UPVC windows, with hermetically sealed double glass. Calcium Silicate ceiling tiles having high recycled content andgrass paver blocks in pavements and roads.
(ix) Reduction in water consumption has been achieved by use of Low discharge water fixtures, recycling of waste water through Sewage Treatment Plant, use of plants with Low water demand in landscaping, use of Geothermal cooling for HVAC system, rain water harvesting and use of curing compounds during construction.
The cost of the project is about Rs. 209 crore including the cost of land, solar photo voltaic power generation and its evacuation system, three level mechanized basement parking system, air-conditioning system supported by geo-thermal cooling, IT services, audio and video system in auditoriums & committee rooms, furniture, provision for horticulture and other services.
The building has an earthquake resistant structure with a total plinth area of 31,488sqm. The building covers only 30% of the plot area. More than 50% area, outside the building, is a soft area with plantation and grassing. Even circulation roads and pathways are a soft area to enable ground water recharge.
Robotic parking system in the basement can accommodate 330 cars. Provisions have been made for a cafeteria roof garden, as well as a gymnasium and yoga room for recreation and wellness of the employees. The office has been furnished with modular furniture & work stations. Thin client networking system has been provided instead of conventional desktop computers to minimise energy consumption. A Solar power generation system has been provided at terrace level, by creating 6000sqm support area, for meeting with the complete power demand of the building. Power generation has already started w.e.f. 19.11.2013 which is being fed to the NDMC grid.
The Indira Paryavaran Bhavan building has already received the following awards.
Feb 2013: The Project received an award from Adarsh/GRIHA of MNRE for exemplary demonstration of Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies
Jan. 2014: The Project was accorded 5-Star Green Building Certification by GRIHA under MNRE

Pilgrims Of Vaishno Devi Shrine Enjoys facilities From J&K State and Central Govts:K Chiranjeevi

Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Central Financial Assistance of Rs.363.29 crore for development of various projects in Jammu & Kashmir in the last three years and the current year.
In addition to the above, the State Government has informed that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE), Government of India, under its programs viz.[1] Special Area Demonstration Programme (SADP) [2]Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) also provide financial assistance for providing facilities to Vaishno Devi pilgrims. The State Government of Jammu & Kashmir also provides financial assistance along with the Shrine Board for providing facilities to Vaishno Devi pilgrims.
As per the State Government, in respect of above projects which are partially funded by the Central/State Government, a total of Rs.37.50 lakh has been released under the MNRE scheme and Rs.25.00 lakh released under JNNSM by the Union Government.
An amount of Rs.6.83 Crore is being utilized on water supply project which is funded in equal proportions by the State Government and the Shrine Board.
As per the State Government, estimated number of pilgrims that visited Vaishno Devi from 2010 to 2013 is as given below:-
Year====================================Number of Pilgrims in lakhs
Development, promotion and implementation of tourism projects at identified tourism spots is primarily undertaken by the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. However, Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance for tourism projects which are prioritized in consultation with the State Governments/Union Territories. The projects which are in accordance with the scheme guidelines are sanctioned subject to availability of funds and inter-se-priority.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) Shri K. Chiranjeevi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
In Addition To Above Tourism Minister also informed the house that The regulation and registration of the movement of tourist for controlling the crowd at tourist places and providing them essential facilities is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. However, the Ministry of Tourism provides Central financial assistance to the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations for development of essential facilities at tourist places. The Ministry also has a mandate to promote tourism in a sustainable and responsible manner. The National Tourism Policy states that neither over exploitation of natural resources should be permitted nor carrying capacity of the tourist sites ignored.