Plush and green

Plush and green

Games Village

Situated next to the impressive Akshardham Temple, the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Village is spread over an 11ha area near the Yamuna banks. More than 8,000 athletes and officials will call the Games Village their home for a little less than a month. A total of 1,168 flats (with 4,008 rooms) distributed over 34 towers will accommodate the huge influx of sportspersons from around the world. The village has three distinct areas: a residential zone, to which no one but athletes and officials will have access; an international zone, which is a “gathering" area for residents and visitors, complete with a media centre and an entertainment and shopping centre; and an operational zone, with car parks, security centres, a logistics centre, etc. There is also a fitness centre for athletes, complete with training areas for various disciplines including weightlifting and wrestling, as well as a 50m swimming pool and an eight-lane 400m synthetic track. The Rs1,350 crore spent on the Games Village is by far the largest amount spent on a single unit of infrastructure for the CWG.

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The village also features green building concepts—fly ash bricks used in construction, glazed glass with double insulation to let in light and trap heat, and a rainwater harvesting unit. Recycled water will be used for flushing and horticulture. The village also has a 1MW solar power plant as well as its own power substation. Officials say the grid, which will generate 50MW of electricity, will also serve nearly 200,000 people living in areas nearby.

The Games Village was also the subject of an ecological controversy when Delhi residents said it was being built on the flood plains of the Yamuna. The matter reached the courts, and after a prolonged legal battle, the Supreme Court gave the green light for construction to continue in July 2009. More recently, Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell expressed concern about the completion of construction at the village on his last visit in August.