The iconic Telangana Martyr’s Memorial and the Integrated Command & Control Centre of the Hyderabad City Police have been registered with Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), as part of the initiative of Confederation of Indian Industry.
According to the Minister for R&B Vemula Prashanth Reddy, the CII-IGBC is the only council to be recognized by World Green Building Council as the Green Building certification in India and R&B Department has ensured that these two new and grand structures get the certification as it was built sustainably, with minimum impact on the environment, resulting in energy savings of at least 30-50%, and water consumption savings of about 20-30%, compared to conventional buildings.
DGP Mahender Reddy said this command control centre has been taken up as a prestigious project of the State with the co-operation of different departments like Finance, Roads and Buildings etc. This is a unique and first project of its kind in the country. This project is a technology fusion centre and will be utilized by not only Police dept, but also other departments associated with the development of the state like Finance, Planning, Irrigation, R&B, Agriculture, power, revenue etc. Very soon this building will be ready for use.
Engineer in Chief, R&B Department I Ganapati Reddy conveyed that these projects were designed and constructed incorporating the concepts of enhanced building performance and healthy space for building occupants who will be in constant interaction with Nature, which in turn can increase their productivity and keep up their physical and mental wellbeing. This particular aspect is in line with this year’s theme for World Environment Day – ‘Time for Nature’.
Some of the key features implemented in the projects include excellent daylighting, usage of LED lights, rainwater harvesting pits & storage tanks, drip & sprinkler irrigation systems, sewage wastewater treatment & reuse within building premises. Additionally, these structures are designed to be easily accessible for differently-abled people and senior citizens. They incorporate latest building automation technologies such as lighting controls, CO2 monitoring, centralized control of air conditioners and other electrical systems. These prestigious projects are constructed using locally available materials, have at least 15% landscape area, and are well connected to public transportation facilities.
Chairman, IGBC Hyderabad Chapter, C Shekar Reddy speaking about this development underlined that IGBC in collaboration with R&B Department has organized various capacity-building programs for engineers and architects involved in these projects. Today, with the active support of key stakeholders, the registered green building footprint with IGBC stands tall with over 5894 green building projects, covering over 7.16 Billion Sq.ft areas adopting various IGBC Green Building Rating Systems across India. “IGBC will continue to work with all the stakeholders in facilitating India emerge as one of the global leaders in green buildings,” he said.
IGBC is also working closely with the Government of Telangana to implement its TSIIC – a 5-point program for ‘Retrofitting Existing IT Parks as Green Buildings’ in Cyberabad Zone, Hyderabad. The Government of Telangana has taken a multi-pronged approach for reiterating its commitment to sustainability. Among important government buildings that have taken the green route are the HUDA Annexe Building; the Commissioner of Industries Bhavan, Abids; the GHMC West Zone Office; Hyderabad Bhavan; all the Metro stations of the Hyderabad Metro Rail project; the Secunderabad, Hyderabad Deccan, and Kachiguda Railway Stations; Rail Nilayam building; and Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, said the Minister Prashanth Reddy.