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New Assembly in Tamil Nadu attains LEED- Gold certfication

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Tamil Nadu AssemblyTamil Nadu can now boast of the world's first Green legislative Assembly, which has also won LEED-gold certification for its leadership in energy and environmental design. LEED for ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ is an internationally recognized building certification programme for green buildings in India, run jointly by the Indian and US Green Building Council. “With data from the LEED we have realized that TNLAwill be the first certified green building in the world,” said Deepa Sathaiaram, head of En3, the green consultants for the project.

The TNLA complex will be the largest certified green government building in India and the second government building to get the certification. The design of the Rs 450-crore dream project of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's allows maximum use of sunlight and a new technology that stops wastage of electricity.

"Lots of sunlight, so no electric lights need to be used during the day. The sensors in every room automatically turn off lights and air-conditioning when no body is using it," said Principal Secretary S Ramasundaram.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the Assembly-cum-Secretariat complex on Saturday. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi were also present on the occasion.

The project was a race against time in a bid to present the state budget in the new complex next week.

So when the 200-feet high dome wasn't ready, authorities chose to erect a fake dome, in filmy style, by roping in the country's best-known art director Thotatharini at a cost of Rs 2 crore.

"It's a 200-feet high dome and our architects told us that they've not studied structures of this kind. So they suggested a trial dome to study the wind speed and corrosion aspects. We didn't want to take risk as the Assembly starts on the 19th," said Ramasundaram.

This new seat of power is a dream come true for Chief Minister Karunanidhi. He'd be hoping that this feat would help him to capture power yet again for the sixth time in the Assembly polls next year.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the Assembly-cum-Secretariat complex in on Saturday. UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister M Karunanidhi were also present on the occasion.
 

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