President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the ‘Ashiana Annexe’, comprising of 12 low cost dwelling units in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. It has been constructed to accommodate officers and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan during Presidential visits to the Retreat at ‘Ashiana’.
These 12 dwelling units at the ‘Ashiana Annexe’ were constructed using the Habitech-NivaraTantra – Onsite Sanitation Integrated Community Housing Technology Innovations developed at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). The technology is sustainable, cost effective, green and environment friendly with provision of disaster resilient features.
The dwelling units were constructed using compacted intermeshing blocks, made from local soil. The production of these blocks was on site in entirely green process. These blocks have novel cavities for horizontal and vertical reinforcement using steel bars which eliminates use of the conventional beams, columns and concrete lintel. The cavities also enable natural air curtain against temperature, water penetration and noise pollution.
The Ashiana Annexe also has facilities for scientific treatment of sanitation waste. Treated waste water from the dwelling is safely discharged for irrigation and non-drinking usage which ensure good health and well-being of residents.
The ‘Ashiana’ situated on Rajpur Road of Dehradun. It was built originally as bungalow of the Commandant of the President’s Bodyguard. It was revived recently by the President after long years of disuse. The main building of the renovated ‘Rashtrapati Ashiana’ was inaugurated by the President in September 2016.