Redevelopment of Parliament building to be completed by 2022

Redevelopment of Parliament building to be completed by 2022

Agency News

New Delhi, Oct 25 : The Government on Friday said the upgradation and renovation work in Parliament building will be completed by March, 2022 while the common Central Secretariat may take another two years.

After consultancy work was awarded to M/s HCP Design, Planning & Management Pvt Ltd on October 18, and now the firm is on board for development of the Master Plan of Central Vista area and design of buildings as per new requirements.

The Government has set stringent timelines to complete the development/redevelopment of Parliament building, Common Central Secretariat and Central Vista. While the timelines given to CPWD to complete the Central Vista project is November, 2021, the redevelopment work on Parliament building is to be completed by March, 2022 and the common Central Secretariat by March 2024,' Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs said in a statement here.

With an aim of improving the old buildings on Raisina Hills, and make improved Common Secretariat buildings, refurbish old Parliament building, make new space for new requirement of MPs and upgrade the entire Central Vista area by revisiting entire Master Plan, the selection process for choosing a world class consultant was set in motion. M/s HCP Design, Planning & Management Pvt Ltd emerged with top scores.

The firm is one of the leading architect firms in India, having vast experience of designing various buildings and spaces like Central Vista and State Secretariat at Gandhinagar; Sabarmati River Front Development, Ahmedabad; Mumbai Port Complex;Redevelopment of Temple Complex, Varanasi; New Campus, IIM Ahmedabad and CII-SN Centre of Excellence, Kolkata. They have designed some projects outside India also.

After the Master Plan is prepared, steps would be taken to execute the works by CPWD by awarding the works to reputed eligible contractors. The buildings on Raisina Hills were constructed in the period from 1911 to 1931, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyen and Sir Herbert Baker. At that time, also these were designed to have office for viceroy & Secretariat. The Parliament building was constructed in the same period.

Various buildings along Rajpath have been constructed at different stages for accommodating offices of various Central Govt. Ministries and Departments. The Central Vista starting from Rashtrapati Bhawan upto India Gate is the heart of the city which has been a point of attraction for visitors from all over the world.

Over a period of above 100 years after the conceptualisation of building on Raisina Hill and adjoining to Rajpath, the requirement has now increased manifold. These buildings designed earlier are not now able to provide enough space, amenities and comfort requirements. The requirement of safety standards have also improved.

In terms of offices, now more space is required to accommodate all Central Government offices at nearby area. Due to delimitation, the number of MPs may increase in future and more space will be needed for them.

Even for present MPs, the space and amenities required is quite insufficient in Parliament House. A good number of visitors flock to Central Vista from India and abroad and there is an imperative need to improve the beauty of Central Vista to make it a world class tourist attraction point. (UNI)