Cleanest Government Buildings In New Delhi [Video]
Promoting the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) under the Ministry of Urban Development, carried out a cleanliness assessment and rating exercise for government buildings and offices in New Delhi. The top scorers were Rashtrapati Bhavan, UPSC Building, Hyderabad House, Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan and Vigyan Bhavan.
The assessment was based on three broad parameters – sanitation infrastructure of the building, overall cleanliness, and mechanism employed for proper disposal of solid waste.
MakaanIQ takes you on a virtual tour of these cleanest government buildings in the capital.
- Hyderabad House
Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Hyderabad House is built in the shape of a butterfly. Its most eye-catching feature are its symmetrical wings, placed at a 55-degree angle in the entrance hall. Located northwest of the India Gate, the building is spread over 8.77 acres. It was built for £2,00,000 back in 1926-28.
- Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan
The headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs, the building is located on Janpath. The state-of-the-art building is the first government building that is compliant with the Energy Conservation Building Code and has a Green Building Certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Spread across 7.8 acres, the building was made at a total cost of approximately Rs 232 crore.
- Rashtrapati Bhavan
The official home of the President of India, it is an estate spread over 320 acres. With 340 rooms, it is the second-largest residence of a head of state in the world. It is made of 700 million bricks and 85,000 cubic metres of stone. The most striking feature of this architecture is its central dome, which reflects both Indian and British architecture style.
- UPSC Building
Popularly known as the Dholpur House, the building is the former residence of the Rana of Dholpur in Delhi. Located on Shahjahan Road, the building was constructed in 1920. The architecture of this building was inspired by the art deco style that emerged in France during the World War I.
- Vigyan Bhavan
Serving as a premier convention centre for the Government of India, Vigyan Bhavan was built in 1956. It was designed by R L Gehlote of CPWD. The architecture of this building is an amalgamation of British, Hindu, Buddhist and Mughal architecture. The most striking feature of Vigyan Bhavan is the chaitya arches, inspired by the Ajanta Caves.