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A new defense building – a 62-storey skyscraper – is set to redefine the skyline of Colaba, one of India’s most expensive districts, as the government moves closer to awarding a contract for the project. , officials familiar with the development said on Friday.

The 190-meter residential skyscraper, built for the Indian Navy, will be the tallest defense building in the country, the Hindustan Times has learned.

It will come on a 7,500 square meter plot, and the construction cost is likely to be more than 270 crore, officials said.

The 220-unit building is expected to be completed within 30 months of contract award.

The latest construction techniques and materials will be used by the developer in accordance with a new defense building code approved by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh earlier this month, with a focus on contemporary living/working spaces and sustainable with green building standards, including energy efficiency, water conservation and waste management, improved structural design, maintenance and fire safety, smart meters and onsite parking. several levels, the officials quoted above said.

The building code, or what the government calls “housing scales – 2022”, was revised after 13 years.

The next navy residential compound in Colaba, Mumbai, will have a built-up area of ​​72,200 square meters and will house officers from the rank of lieutenant commanders to commodores (equivalent to majors to brigadiers), one of the officials quoted as saying said. above, asking not to be named.

“The only choice was to go vertical because there is no land in Mumbai and the navy faces a shortage of officers’ accommodation. The new accommodation grids (SoA) also emphasize optimal land use,” said a second official, who also asked not to be named.

The new building code, which aims to promote multi-storey construction for defense land optimization, is in line with government programs like Swachh Bharat, Sugamya Bharat and Digital India, as well as the green building movement and sustainability initiatives, renewable energy and carbon footprint reduction.

The single-tower complex will include four living units on each floor, excluding the eight levels of fire shelter required for a building of this height, officials said. Each apartment will measure 147 square meters.

The skyscraper will also have a multi-level (five-storey) parking lot that can accommodate 224 cars, officials said.

Wind tunnel tests on the design of the skyscraper, which will stand on a strip of land with the sea on two sides, to check its structural integrity have already been carried out by a company based in Thiruvananthapuram, the third official said.

The government is also finalizing plans for a multi-storey residential compound for major generals and lieutenant generals in Delhi Cantt to address the lack of senior officer housing, the officials said.

“There is a large margin of optimization of the defense grounds in the cantonment which has vast bungalows difficult to maintain”, declared the first person in charge.

The armed forces building code aims to ensure contemporary specifications in future projects and better living conditions for personnel.

It focuses on infrastructure development, use of modern technology and user aspirations.

The government is also expected to complete construction of an aerospace museum in New Delhi by September 2023, officials said.

the A 235 crore museum, which will showcase the history of the Indian Air Force, is coming up on a 43-acre lot near the airport.

Currently, the IAF has a museum near the technical area of ​​Air Force Station, Palam.

The Thal Sena Bhawan is another new upcoming multi-storey building near the Manekshaw Center in Delhi Cantt. Spread over 39 acres, it will accommodate more than 6,000 people. The building complex is expected to be ready by 2024-25.

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