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Metro goes green in Gurgaon

india Updated: Apr 02, 2008 01:55 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has big plans for the Metro station at Sushant Lok in Gurgaon. The last station on the 7.05-km-long Gurgaon line (from Haryana border to Sushant Lok) will have a seven-floor ‘green building’ complete with a shopping and entertainment complex like in malls. The station is expected to ready by January 2010.

The DMRC is working out the architectural and engineering details for the proposed complex in association with the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI). The line will have a total of five stations -- Sushant Lok, Garden Estate, Sikandarpur, DT City Centre and IFFCO Chowk.

One of the plans is to make the station building eco-friendly by using clay tiles that would provide weather insulation to the building.

DMRC’s chief public relations officer Anuj Dayal said the Sushant Lok Metro Station, which will be on an elevated line, will have three-and-a-half floors above the station and another three floors below it, including the basement.

“These extra floors will be part of a big shopping complex at this location. Ninety-five per cent of the foundation work has been completed and the building has to be ready by January 2010, around the time when this line is supposed to be opened,” he said.

Dayal said the plan is to make it a ‘green building’. “This is being done in association with the Tata Energy Research Institute. We plan to use all clay tiles that are very high on thermal insulation. We also plan to adopt proper water and waste management strategies,” he said.

The design would be made to conform to the levels of the Bureau of Indian Standards.

According to DMRC officials, other features would include utilisation of climactic factors such as wind load, solar energy and air movement pattern, optimum combination of water, material and energy, recycling of waste water, rain water harvesting, minimising the use of water during construction, optimising the use of natural light inside the building and restricting the indoor noise level.