The Centre has begun ground work for the first phase to redevelop New Delhi’s central vista, which includes constructing a new parliament building and central secretariat. A committee of secretaries led by cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba has been formed and will oversee shifting of offices during the construction expected to last till 2024.
The government is finalising the tender documents for all three projects, which is likely to be floated in a few days. The mega project would be initiated with construction of a new Parliament building. The Centre has applied for environmental clearances for the Parliament project and has started consultation with Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats and all ministries housed in different bhawans in the heart of Delhi. The committee of secretaries met last Thursday to decide on the shifting of government offices. According to sources, the shifting would take place in three phases. In the first phase, Parliament reception area would be vacated. A senior official told ET, “the new Parliament building would come up right in front of the present one. The new building would take up the space where the present reception area and parking is.”
The government expects to get clearances for and begin work over the next three months. The official said, “If all goes according to our internally set timelines, the reception would be shifted out towards the Parliament library building before the monsoon session of Parliament begins.” The second phase would see Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA) and a part of National Archives shifting out. Sources said IGNCA would be demolished and the offices would be accommodated in a new building.
The third phase would involve shifting out ministry offices to different places.
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