India: The First Green Govt Building with Rainwater Harvesting System, Solar Panels

Moving from an old structure in a shambles, theNavi Mumbai Municipal Corporation headquarters is now housed on new premises, and boasts of a swanky new eco-friendly, yet futuristic building.

A blend of modern and traditional architecture, the new Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) headquarters stands apart from the rest of the skyline, by being designed as a cross between the Parliament building and a dome-shaped structure just like the one at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Not just that, the recently inaugurated `160cr NMMC HQ at the Killa junction across Palm Beach Road in Belapur, also boasts of India’s tallest flag mast at a height of 225 feet (only 10 other locations in the country have poles hoisting the tricolour, the tallest at 207 ft). The government has granted the local body permission to fly the flag round the clock. Moreover, the area surrounding the flag will be kept illuminated throughout the night.

It is also the first green building by any government body in the country. It is equipped with a rainwater harvesting system, solar panels for harnessing solar energy, anti-reflective tiles fitted on the terrace so as to limit the consumption of electricity by air-conditioners to a minimum.

The low-maintennce building was to be completed by 2007, but hindrances forced a delay. German technology has been used for constructing this green building and NMMC authorities along with architects visited UK and Germany to understand the technology required.

The main structure was planned, keeping in mind a futuristic approach that would hold good the next 200 years. A combination of 19th and 20th century architecture, it also bears elements from the 21st century. The building has received an ‘AAA’ rating for construction and quality.

Striking facts:

The structure is a cross between Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament house

It has on its premises, the tallest flagmast in the country: 225 feet

The first green government building with rainwater harvesting system, solar panels for harnessing solar energy, anti-reflective tiles, etc.

If all goes as plan, the building could feature in the Limca Book of Records

Source: The Times of India 

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