By next January, as you hop off the metro at the upcoming station in Sector 29 in Gurgaon, not only will you step into a psychedelic shopping and entertainment centre but also into the first green station of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
Gurgaon's terminal station will be DMRC's first building with Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) certification.
Projected to be ready by January 2010, the six-floor metro station is being constructed in consultation with The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI) with clay tiles to keep the building thermal-insulated from weather.
What earns the building its green tag?
For one, according to DMRC officials, the design would utilize climatic factors such as wind loads, use of solar energy and air movement patterns.
Secondly, water would be conserved in running the mall as far as possible: waste water will be recycled and rain water harvested. The use of water during construction will be minimized.
The building would utilise natural light inside to save up on artificial lighting and indoor noise levels are being designed to conform to levels prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
The building is to be named HUDA City Centre Metro Station for being constructed next to HUDA's own office complex — HUDA City Centre.
The architectural and engineering details for this station were worked out jointly by DMRC and TERI.
According to DMRC officials, this Metro Station which would be elevated like four others on the Gurgaon line, will have 3 ½ floors above the station and another three floors below it, including the basement.
TERI will be issuing the national green rating GRIHA certificate after following a well-laid procedure once the building is complete and gets a completion certificate from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
When asked whether DMRC would also apply for international green rating from organizations such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
Standards (LEEDS) set by the United States Green Building Council, the DMRC officials said that it was yet not decided.
Gurgaon already had three LEEDS certified green buildings including ITC Greens, Wipro and Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD).