FOUNDATION STONE LAID FOR ATAL AKSHAY URJA BHAWAN
Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, laid the foundation stone for Atal Akshay Urja Bhawan in New Delhi on October 19, 2016. Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary MNRE; Shri P K Pujari, Secretary, Ministry of Power; Shri Balvender Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines; and Shri Anil Swarup, Secretary, Ministry of Coal; guests from Foreign Embassies in India, industry, and officials from the MNRE, SECI, CPWD, IREDA, etc., and other dignitaries were also present during the occasion.
The building has been named after the former Prime Minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The Atal Akshay Urja Bhawan will be the integrated headquarters building for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). At present, the office of MNRE is located in three different building blocks at CGO Complex with its current strength of about 400 officials.
While laying the foundation stone, the Minister, while quoting the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, stated that it is time that India comes out of the shadows and leads the world. Energy conservation and Renewable Energy is one area where India is soon going to be a global leader. “The Government of India is committed to strive for this mission and light up peoples’ lives in an environmentfriendly and sustainable manner,” Shri Goyal added. The Hon’ble Minister also mentioned that this iconic building will be a symbol of India marching ahead to lead renewable energy revolution. The Government of India has set a target of 175 GW renewable power to be achieved by 2021–22. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is committed and is putting all efforts to achieve this target. Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, MNRE also addressed the participants and mentioned that this building will provide an environment-friendly atmosphere with renewable energy and energy efficiency utilization in the building. “This iconic building will be a symbol of our country marching ahead to lead renewable energy revolution,” he added.
Atal Akshay Urja Bhawan is an iconic landmark building symbolizing energy efficiency and renewable energy. It is an integrated building for Headquarters of the MNRE. This building will be constructed on a 2.76 acre plot and it has a strategic location in CGO Complex Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. This State-of-the Art, Net-Zero-Energy Green Building is designed on the concept of solar passive architecture. This building will have built-up area of 2,60,000 sq. ft, building height of 42 m with the 75,000 sq. ft solar panel area. The design of this unique building was conceived after rigorous competition among top notch architectural firms. This competition aimed at developing an iconic building with net-zero- energy principle and at the same time ensuring elegance and convenience. The building is poised to set new standards for resource efficiency in design, construction, and operation stage. It will be a Net energy positive building with an Urja pavilion showcasing RE systems and devices. It will be an interactive and use responsive building and is strategically located with proximity to the Metro Rail station, central institutions, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, and central government offices.