Rajkot: While Prime Minister Narendra Modi dreams for housing for all by 2022, but Rajkot the place where Modi fought his first election has gone a step ahead in ensuring that the affordable housing under the PMYA are not just affordable but also environmental friendly in sync with meeting climate change challenges.
Based on an innovative approach for thermally comfortable living and inclusive township – Smart Ghar-3 built under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna by Rajkot Municipal Corporation, it has 1,176 EWS type dwelling units constructed near Aryaland Residency in Mavdi area of the city.
Huge theme based paintings, centrally located huge green space designed in a way that every dweller gets maximum green view, fully openable windows, ventilators, solar roof top PV for common electricity requirement, rain water harvesting , anganwadi, shopping area, play area, cavity wall on southern side, use of AAC blocks for masonry work, electric points in parking areas for ebike charging are some of the essential features incorporated to make the living thermally comfortable and provide inclusive integrated housing by way of adding technical features and modifying the existing practices of building components.
Considered the above initiatives, the GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) has awarded ‘Green Building Certification’ making Rajkot the first city to receive this honor in affordable housing category.
Alpana Mitra, City Engineer housing at RMC who is instrumental behind the building environmental friendly housing speaking to First India said, “Lot of efforts have gone in ensuring such a unique, innovative, comfortable, energy friendly design to make environmental friendly living.
It has the capacity to retain inside temperature upto 30-31 degree centigrade even if the outside temperature soars at around 40 degrees. This Certification is a matter of pride because everything had to be proved scientifically. Even private buildings find it difficult to get such Certification.
We have worked on every micro aspect right from conducting experiments for months to check the temperature with thermometer, to selecting theme based paintings done on six buildings of 22×70 feet height.Everything is done scientifically keeping future in mind. Like in future if people go for e-bikes, we have already provided charging points in the parking area.”