India: Eco-friendly Government Building in Kerala

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: If works progress as per plan, the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) will be the first government department to get an eco-friendly building, claim its officials. As part of a Japan International Co-operation Agency-funded project, the KWA will get a 12-storeyed building in Vellayambalam which will function as its central management unit in the state.

Water resources minister P J Joseph laid the foundation stone for the Rs 36-crore project on Wednesday. The 11,100 sq ft building will be earthquake resistant and will house quality control labs, a digital library, JICA library/recording room and so on. As per contract, construction of the building has to be completed within 18 months.

The building designed by Habitat Technology Group will have eco-friendly features such as facilities for rainwater harvesting and solar power production. JICA has allotted fund of Rs 102 crore for various institutional strengthening programmes in KWA. The schemes include buying equipment for quality control labs, leak detection & rectification, tanker trucks, water meters and development of free software for KWA programmes. According to KWA, 16 crore has been spent for various projects so far.

“Ninety percent of the Rs 825 crore plan fund allotted to KWA has been spent. Recognizing the achievement, the Union government gave 100 crore grant last year and Rs 67 crore this year,” Joseph said.

K Muralidharan MLA presided over the function. Technical member T C Subran presented the project report. JICA chief engineer S Ratheesh and other KWA officials attended the function. Source: The Times of India 

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