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Raj Bhawan, Mawlynnong get ‘green’ awards
Raju Das
 SHILLONG, Oct 14 - Meghalaya’s heritage building – Raj Bhawan – and Mawlynnong village have been awarded after being certified as environmentally friendly by Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).

The Raj Bhawan here has been certified under IGBC for Green Existing Buildings while Mawlynnong village has been certified as Green Village.

IGBC is part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and was formed in 2011. IGBC’s objective is to “enable a sustainable built environment for all and facilitate India to be one of the global leaders in the sustainable built environment by 2025”.

The Raj Bhavan’s history dates back to 1874 when Shillong was made the provincial capital of composite Assam. The private house of the Chief Commissioner was known as the Government House, which came to be known as Raj Bhavan on December 6, 1951.

It is spread over an area of 30.67 acres. The area consists of beautiful lawns, gardens and also kitchen garden. Some old pines and other variety of trees are also found in the Raj Bhavan.

Mawlynnong is an eco-friendly tourist destination. The village located some 90 kms from here is dubbed the “Cleanest village in Asia.” The awards were given at the 14th Green Building Congress on October 8 in Mumbai.

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