UFTA has been selected by the Uttarakhand Forest Department for the implementation of JICA assisted project, ‘Capacity Development for Forest Management and Training of Personnel Project’, in the state with the aim of capacity development of the frontline forest staff. This project targets improvement in training infrastructure and training methodologies for induction training of Forest Guards. Two batches of 50 Forest Guards will be trained per year after the completion of JICA project at UFTA. The duration of training course for Forest Guards will be 6 months per batch.
Proposed works under JICA Project
The existing UFTA is being proposed for renovation of 69,344.97 sq ft (6444.70 sq m) of built-up area and new construction of 12,029.89 sq ft (1118.02 sq m). The buildings thereby created will provide space for imparting training to 50 trainees per batch. Mostly the works include renovation of existing facilities but few new constructions are also included in the project due to lack of existing facilities.
The major works proposed under this project are –
1. Academic and Administrative Block
- Renovation of 2 existing classrooms.
- Conversion of existing store into computer room as existing computer room is quite small.
- Renovation and extension of library to make sitting space for students as well as faculty.
- Conversion of existing stores into 2 laboratories as no laboratory exists currently.
- Renovation of interpretation room which is in highly dilapidated condition.
- Renovation and redesigning of main hall staircase, reception area, lounge facility, director’s room etc.
- Renovation of 4 existing and construction of 4 new faculty rooms.
- Renovation of administrative offices.
- Renovation of audio-visual conferencing lecture room.
- Renovation of existing and construction of new toilets.
- Construction of new indoor recreation room near the playground.
- Construction of modern gymnasium room near the playground.
- Conversion of existing community hall into canteen and shopping kiosk.
3 Hostel Facilities
- Renovation of existing 30 rooms with toilet provision for 50 trainees.
- Renovation of the kitchen, store, washroom and associated areas to accommodate a larger sized kitchen along with modernization of existing facility.
- Renovation of existing hall to provide TV viewing facilities along with table games.
- Conversion of existing store room into warden’s room.
4 Staff Quarters
- Renovation of existing Director’s quarter, 6 Type IV faculty quarters, 2 Type II staff member quarters, 4 Type I class IV employees quarters
5 Guest House
- Renovation of 3 existing and construction of 1 new guestroom with double occupancy to accommodate 8 guests.
- Construction of 1 dining hall with a lounge for the visiting guests.
6 Site-level physical infrastructure works
- Black topping of existing roads and cobbled pathways.
- Installation of new water tanks for the water supply.
- Construction of new drainage system.
- Provision of rainwater recharging by collecting and channelizing surface runoff and water from sloping roofs and terraces to underground rainwater harvesting tanks
- Installation of solar street lights.
- Landscaping of existing gardens and open spaces.
- Construction of new boundary walls wherever required.
- Construction of parking garages for buses and other vehicles.
- Provision of features for reducing monkey menace in the buildings.
All the renovation and new construction works will be carried out with various design considerations. The infrastructure development will be carried out in gender-sensitive manner with provisions for ladies’ toilets and change rooms in academic, administrative and amenities blocks. A new girl’s hostel with 15 rooms is already under construction and is being funded by the State Government. Provisions for the differently able will also be provided and includes construction of ramps at a minimum of 1:10 slopes and specially designed toilets with fixtures. Disaster-resilient features will be incorporated by implementation of earthquake resistance codes in all new constructions and seismic retrofitting of existing buildings and infrastructures. Fire safety mechanisms will be ensured by providing multiple staircases for double storied buildings, multiple exits and access to the roof terrace, open areas, provision for fire detection and alarm systems and fire extinguishers, use of fire retardant materials and furnishings in places like A/V lecture room, conference room, and computer lab etc. Also, the buildings have been designed adhering to the green building concepts by creating minimal disturbance to existing flora and fauna, landscape and natural topography, by improving water efficiency through rain water harvesting and waste water recycling, by keeping provisions for open courtyards, adequate and wide openings in the rooms for light and cross ventilation to minimize the need for energy and by proposed use of energy efficient and eco-friendly appliances and non-toxic, recycled and environment-friendly building materials.
This project is estimated to cost Rs. 4.746 crore. Out of this, Rs. 3.794 crore is estimated to be spent in renovations and new construction of the buildings, Rs. 0.904 crore is estimated to be spent in site level interventions while the rest will be consultancy charges for various services.
Implementation of the Project
The project will be implemented by state construction agency – Payjal Nirman Nigam. A Memorandum of Understanding has already been signed between UFTA and Payjal Nirman Nigam for the implementation of the project.Download File