Rs 12 cr Forest Complex to come up at Mohali

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Chandigarh, Nov 13 (UNI) The Punjab Forest Department is all set to have a state-of-the-art integrated 'Forest Complex' at Mohali to house all wings of Forest Department under one roof.

Announcing this here today, Forest Minister Tikshan Sud said the 'Forest Complex' to be constructed on two-acre plot in Sector 68 would have a unique distinction of first building in Punjab to have 'Green Building Certification' from International Environmental Certification body.

He said that it would be energy efficient, state-of-the-art building incorporating green building design principles and would be a ''forceful and elegant statement of the purpose and intent reflecting the environmental concerns of Forest Department.'' The department would be entitled to earn 'Carbon Credits' for this Green Building.

The Minister said the Forest Complex would serve as headquarters of Punjab Forest Department housing all wings of Forest Department in Chandigarh.

He said this integrated Forest complex, besides streamlining the working of forest department, would also save Rs 65 lakh per annum rent being paid by various offices of Forest Department.

The Forest Minister said the design of the complex was truly modern and unique and would stand out in landscape as a hallmark of holistic planning and Architectural excellence.

Mr Sud said the building layout was tortoise shape and in elevation it represented five tree towers. The total area of the building was 1,30,000 sq ft and would be constructed in two phases.

The Forest Minister said the Department was working on war footing to complete the building before March 2009.


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