PM Modi inaugurates ONGC's new office: Here's a quick look at the 'green' building
Renamed as Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Urja Bhawan, the environment-friendly office space was supposed to be named after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi
September 25, 2017 / 08:01 PM IST
Indias Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to cast his vote for the country's next President, at the Parliament House in New Delhi, India, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RTX3BQ8J
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC)'s new corporate office in Vasant Kunj, Delhi.
In February, the state-owned oil and natural gas firm had changed the name of its newly built office from Rajiv Gandhi Urja Bhawan to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Urja Bhawan after the Bharatiya Jan Sangh politician and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue.
The inauguration took place on the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
Then PM Manmohan Singh had named the building 'green-building' after former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi while laying the foundation stone in 2007.
Image courtesy: JK Sharma via Google Maps
Here are some of the features and accolades received by the swanky new office space:
The building has been built at a cost of around Rs 600 crore and was earlier supposed to house the corporate office of ONGC's overseas subsidiary ONGC Videsh.
The 'green structure' had in February this year, received LEED Platinum award from US Green Building Council — the highest recognition for sustainable building design.
It is registered as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), with Carbon Emission Reductions (CER) of 5,944 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per annum.
Image courtesy: Deependra Sharma via Google Maps
The office consumes almost half of the energy consumed by normal office spaces per square feet and uses 36 percent less water per capita than normal commercial buildings.
ONGC claims that little above 76.5 percent of the occupied building space is lit by sunlight.
Since its inception, ONGC has been headquartered at Tel Bhavan in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.