IIT Madras inaugurates its largest hostel on campus

Built at a cost of Rs146.75 Crore, Mandakini Hostel can accommodate about 1,200 students and allows the treatment of surface and roof rainwater for reuse for drinking water consumption

Indian Institute of Technology Madras has inaugurated its largest student hostel which can accommodate up to 1,200 students. Called “Mandakini”, the building was built after the demolition of an old hostel building.

It was constructed at a total cost of Rs 146.75 Crore and was inaugurated on 21 February 2022. All hostels in IIT Madras campus are named after Indian Rivers.

A 10-storey building with a built-up area of ​​32,180 m², is designed for 4-star rating in GRIHA, a national rating system for green buildings, with various green building measures adopted at the design and construction stage . Solar panels and solar hot water system are adopted to reduce the energy consumption of the building.

Rainwater recharge pits have also been installed inside the building. Existing trees were retained and transplanted. Mechanical ventilation is provided for the toilets. Materials with low energy consumption and recycling were used for the construction of the building.

The reduction in water consumption is achieved through the use of treated wastewater for rinsing and landscaping. Surface and roof rainwater is treated and reused for drinking water consumption.

The structure is PwD (Persons with Disabilities)-Friendly with exclusive accommodation for 10 PwD. The staircase, ramp and elevators throughout the structure have been designed to be adapted for people with disabilities. Disabled rooms with attached toilets have also been provided.

Linda G. Ibarra