Meghalaya gets 2 green awards

The Raj Bhavan in Shillong and Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills were awarded by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for successfully achieving the Green Building Standards, required for the level of certification under IGBC, for Green Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Rating System and also for Green Village Rating System respectively.

By Our Correspondent in Shilong
  • Published 13.10.16
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Meghalaya Tourism joint director K.M. Momin (in waistcoat) receives the award in Mumbai. Telegraph picture

Shillong, Oct. 12: The Raj Bhavan in Shillong and Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya's East Khasi Hills were awarded by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) for successfully achieving the Green Building Standards, required for the level of certification under IGBC, for Green Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Rating System and also for Green Village Rating System respectively.

Joint director of Meghalaya Tourism K.M. Momin received the awards at the 14th edition of Green Building Congress, 2016, held recently in Mumbai.

According to the IGBC website, the Green Existing Building O&M is the first rating programme developed in India, exclusively for existing building stock.

"The rating is based on accepted environmental principles and strikes a balance between known established practices and emerging concepts. The system is designed to be comprehensive in scope, yet simple in operation," the website added.

It also stated the rating system is a voluntary and consensus-based programme.

The rating is focused on sustained performance of buildings with respect to the green features, it said.

The objective of the rating system was to facilitate building owners and facility managers in implementation of green strategies measure their impact and sustain the performance in the long run.

Raj Bhavan has been in existence since 1903. The massive earthquake of June 1897, which struck Shillong and other parts, had razed the then Government House. It was renamed as Raj Bhavan in December 1951.

The Raj Bhavan, one of the few existing heritage sites in the city, has been home to several chief commissioners, lieutenant governors and governors.

Moreover, the IGBC website noted that the IGBC Green Village rating has been designed to address many rural challenges.

"The green concepts and techniques in the villages can help address national concerns like water availability, energy availability, reduction in fossil fuel use, handling of waste and conserving natural resources. Most importantly, these concepts can enhance health and well-being in villages, which is assuming greater importance," it stated.

According to the website, IGBC Green Village rating is a tool for "identification and implementation of green features" in a village.

Mawlynnong, located near the Indo-Bangladesh border in East Khasi Hills, has been attracting tourists for the past 10 years. The village's unique selling point has been its exceptional cleanliness.

Since 1975, people who were constructing houses in the village were also asked to construct a toilet in their respective compounds. It is an unwritten rule that every household has to have a toilet of its own. The village uses khoh - a coarse, cone-shaped basket made of bamboo - to throw garbage and efforts are being made to segregate the waste.