ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

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Flood resistant Housing for Better Adaptation: Gorakhpur

To address the issues of water logging and other associated problems, a citybased voluntary organisation has designed a low-cost flood resistant housing for the urban poor as part of the City Resilience Strategy in GorakhpurUttar Pradesh. These houses have been designed in such a manner that is conducive for home-based livelihood activities of the urban poor. These houses were constructed using locally sourced materials that indirectly reduce emissions from transporting materials. Houses are built by local masons who are trained to use these resilient features. This design could be adopted for other vulnerable areas.


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Floating Solar Power Plant: Kolkata

A unique floating solar power plant has been developed by Kolkata based Arka Renewable Energy College in New Town, Rajarhat. The plant, set up in an open water body near Eco Park of New Town area, has a generation capacity of 10 KW / day which will be supplied to the West Bengal State Electricity Development Corporation Limited (WBSEDCL). The experimental project has been funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India. Such solar plants have higher efficiency due to availability of more shadow-free area and can solve the requirement of land area for power generation to a great extent.


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Use of LED for Energy-Efficient Street Lighting: Bhubaneswar

Supported by British High Commission, The Climate Group has developed a financially viable business model for large scale deployment of LED street lighting in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

In this project, 165 LED lights have been installed in place of normal street lights in the segment from Raj Bhawan Square to Jaydev Vihar flyover. The project aims at reduction of electricity consumption from public lighting while also saving money for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) with reduced electricity bill. The reduction in energy consumption and improvement in energy efficiency has also resulted in reduction of emission of greenhouse gases and carbon footprint of the city.

This initiative is being scaled up in Bhubaneswar and is also being replicated in other cities of Odisha such as Cuttack, Rourkela, Puri and Konark.