IIT Madras inaugurates its largest on-campus hostel at a cost of Rs 146.75 crore

Mandakini, the largest hostel in IIT Madras. There are a total of 203 single rooms, 506 double rooms. Additionally, there are 10 PwS rooms and 2 reading rooms.

The largest hostel in IIT Madras ‘Mandakini’

CHENNAI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) 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.

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

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“A state-of-the-art building with 10 floors and a built-up area of ​​32,180 square meters, is designed to be rated 4 stars in GRIHA, a national green building rating system, with various green building measures adopted in the design and construction phase. Solar panels and solar hot water system are adopted to reduce the energy consumption of the building,” said IIT Madras.

There are a total of 203 single rooms and 506 double rooms. Three guest rooms and 1 bedroom are also allocated for the sub-keeper’s room. Additionally, there are 10 PwS rooms and 2 reading rooms.

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.

Addressing the gathering, V Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras said, “We (the institute) take pride in providing top quality accommodation to our students at our campus.”

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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.

Highlighting some of the unique aspects of this building, SA Sannasiraj, Chairman of Engineering Unit, IIT Madras said, “The hostel was constructed without much delay despite the Covid-19 pandemic over the past 2 years and it is addressed to the whole house. and students’ relaxation needs.

“The building is designed in such a way that enough light enters every hallway and every room. The interaction zone with a transparent light roof at the terrace level is provided for the relaxed relaxation of the students,” he said.

In addition, the hostel has sports facilities such as basketball court, volleyball court and cricket training ground with net among others.

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.


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Linda G. Ibarra