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Paryavaran Bhawan, Chandigarh’s first green building, unveiled

According to reports, Chandigarh has taken a step towards making Chandigarh a Model Solar City in the country with the inauguration and commissioning of the 50 KWp Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant at the UT Secretariat building, Sector 9, Chandigarh.

The 50 KWp Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant at the UT Secretariat building was today inaugurated by the Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Shivraj V Patil. This plant will generate about 185-200 units (kwhr) of electricity per day. The total project cost is Rs 87 lakhs which also includes comprehensive operation and maintenance cost for 10 years.

Another milestone was achieved by the UT Administration with the inauguration of a first-of-its-kind building in Chandigarh i.e. the Energy Efficient Green Building of Chandigarh Administration, “Paryavaran Bhawan”, at Sector 19 B, by the Administrator.

This state-of-the-art building has many green building features like an earth air tunnel forced ventilation system for the lower two floors and evaporating cooling for the top three floors and has a natural cooling system for the entire building.

Some of its features include the terrace which has reflective white tiles, to reflect back heat and thus reduce the need for artificial climate control measures and a water harvesting system integrated with the building design.

The entire parking and paving is of special green blocks which shall ensure green cover all around the building as well as allow rain water to percolate down into the earth, recharging ground water.

Later on, while addressing the media at Punjab Raj Bhavan, the Administrator said that the Government of India has selected Chandigarh to be a Model Solar City and every endeavour will be made so as to cover the rooftop of all the government buildings in Chandigarh in a phased manner.

It was also announced that the Government of India is providing a subsidy to the tune of 30% and 80% tax rebate to everybody who uses solar energy devices. He also requested the media to take a proactive role in popularizing the use of Solar Photovoltaic Energy. He said that our aim should be to meet the domestic demand of energy from Solar energy so that the energy saved can be used for the industrial sector, which in turn will lead to the economic development of the country.

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