Rashtrapati Bhavan goes green

 
The green project titled “Roshini,” launched at the President’s estate by President Pratibha Patil in July last year, has now taken shape as several ecologically acceptable and environmentally friendly programmes, including the installation of solar power streetlights and bio-gas plant, have been executed.

“Roshini is aimed to convert Rashtrapati Bhavan into a zero-waste model township with a view to showcase the country as a model in green initiative,” said President’s Secretary Christi Fernandes.

Major plans are in store for the year ahead, as part of the project.

They include a waste management and recycling programme, rainwater harvesting, launching of a ‘nature trail’, ban on plastic bags and the installation of a sewage treatment plant.

On completion of these initiatives, Rashtrapati Bhavan will apply for ISO certification. The installation of solar lights has helped reduce electricity consumption, saving around Rs 3.5 lakh per annum, while the bio-gas plant has led to saving of fuel to the tune of Rs 1.12 lakh per annum, besides production of manure worth Rs 80,000 per annum.

For the successful implementation of Roshini, the employees of Rashtrapati Bhavan are actively involved in activities such as recycling of waste paper and formation of self-help groups.

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