When the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) shifts its base from Paryavaran Bhawan at CGO Complex to the brand new Indira Paryavaran Bhawan in the tony Jor Bagh area on February 25, it's not just a slight extension in the complex's name that the green authority will inherit.
From 100% on-site generation of power to a geo-thermal heat exchange system, the new office complex will be a green structure in letter as well as spirit.
The MoEF's associated offices, including the Ozone Cell and the Wild Life Crime Control Bureau, will also find a new home in the building. Others, like the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Central Zoo Authority, will then move to CGO Complex from their current locations so that the two addresses remain exclusive to the ministry.
Indira Paryavaran Bhawan will be a “net zero energy building” and will generate its own power from a roof-top solar plant catering to the full load of 900 kW. Simply put, the building complex will not draw any power from the grid; on the contrary, it will feed extra power back to the grid, if possible, said environment ministry officials.
As per reports, it is this prime feature that led to an escalation in the the project cost. Initially planned at Rs 131 crore when the project was conceived in 2009, the total cost is now Rs 209.6 crore, said an MoEF official.
“We had to accommodate a greater number of solar photo-voltaic cells to achieve net zero energy, which led to an increase in costs. Besides, there is no surface parking, due to which the underground parking had to be mechanised,” said the official.
Also, while the ministry had been planning the big shift for quite a while now, the high moving costs were coming in the way, estimated to be well over Rs 50 lakh.
Comprising four towers, the Indira Paryavaran Bhawan has the capacity to house almost 1,000 officials, including three ministers and their offices. It has a plinth area of 30,914 square metres with terrace gardens on one of the towers.
The new complex will be the first government-owned