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Prez lays foundation stone of new housing complex in President's estat

Posted on Nov 12, 07:36PM | UNI

President Pranab Mukherjee today laid the foundation stone of a housing complex in the President's Estate.

He unveiled the plaque for construction of 50 Type-II Quarters for subordinate staff of the President's Secretariat, a Rashtrapati Bhawan spokesperson said today.

Secretary to the President Omita Paul, Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna, DG of CPWD Rakesh Mishra and Chief Architect of the CPWD Sobhna Chatterjee were present on the occasion.

There are a total 576 Staff quarters dwelling units in Type I category spread in 13 Blocks of the President's Estate.

Most of the houses were constructed during 1927 to 1932.

These houses are now dilapidated, have outlived their life and are beyond economical maintenance and repairs. In the Redevelopment Scheme of the President's Estate, these quarters are being replaced by well designed Type II quarters.

The new housing complex will be built as per green building parameters laid down by CPWD including the utilisation of fly ash in building structure, efficient water use during construction by using curing compounds for RCC works instead of normal water curing, reduce volume, wait and time of construction by using ready mix concrete, reuse of dismantled bricks and ensuring reuse of other dismantled material and recycle and reuse of grey water for flushing.

In addition, the new construction will have external stone cladding, stone moulding and stone jali to match with the original architecture of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The building will meet all the requirements of three star GRIHA structures.