Built at a cost of Rs.
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras has inaugurated its largest student hostel, which can accommodate up to 1,200 students. The building was constructed after an old hostel building was demolished, known as ‘Mandakini’.
It was constructed at a total cost of Rs 146.75 crore and was inaugurated on 21st February 2022. All the hostels on the IIT Madras campus are named after Indian rivers.
A 10-storey building and a built-up area of 32,180 square meters, designed for 4-star ratings on the planet, a national rating system for green buildings, and various green building arrangements at the design and construction stages. Solar power panels and solar hot water systems are adopted to reduce the energy consumption of the building.
Rainwater recharge pits have also been provided inside the building. Existing trees have been retained and replaced. Mechanical ventilation is provided for toilets. Low power and recyclable materials have been used in the construction of the building.
Water use is reduced by using treated wastewater for flushing and landscaping. Both surface and roof rainwater are purified and reused for drinking water use.
The structure is PwD (Persons with Disabilities) -friendly with exclusive 10 PwD accommodation. Stairs, ramps and lifts throughout the structure were designed to be PwD friendly. PwD room with attached toilet is also provided.