Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri confirmed that the construction work on the Government's massive plan to redevelop the Parliament building, Central Vista, and a composite complex for various ministries may begin next year.This is the first official reaction by the Minister on this zealous plan of the government.
The Modi government has floated a request proposal for the 'development or redevelopment of Parliament Building', Common Central Secretariat, and Central Vista, following the mega plan to redevelop the 3-km stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate in Lutyens' Delhi.
The Monsoon Session of Parliament in 2022 will be held in a newly-developed Parliament Building, sources said on Thursday. It was also reported that the Central Vista will be redeveloped and the common Central Secretariat will be built by 2024. Shastri Bhawan, Udyog Bhawan, Krishi Bhawan are among buildings which may be razed to accomodate a common Central Secretariat for offices of various ministries.
Speaking about the design, the Minister said that aspects are currently 'under consideration' -
"As of now, the timeline is expected that by mid-October we should be able to float tender (for the design) and by next year the construction may begin. The North Block and South Block and the 3.5-km Central Vista spreading from Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate, all of that will be redeveloped and the time we meet in 2024 at the time of the next elections, it is expected that we will be in a new Parliament Building," Puri added.
Reportedly, Central Vista area will be designed with smart city features to the extent possible, including the upgrade of public facilities, amenities and parking, as per plan. There is a shortage of working spaces, parking, amenities and services. The spread of central government ministries and departments in different locations leads to inefficiencies and difficulty in coordination. The House of Parliament was designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912-1913.
(With inputs from PTI)