NEW DELHI: The architects agency picked to design New Delhi’s Central Vista has advised shifting the Prime Minister’s residence from Lok Kalyan Marg to the place the Dalhousie Street hutments now are, simply south of Raisina Hills.

Officers, nonetheless, mentioned the ultimate resolution on all facets together with the situation of PM Home and the brand new Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO) will likely be taken after wider session.

The Ahmedabad-based structure and concrete design agency HCP Design has made the proposal for shifting the PM’s residence in its proposed grasp plan for the huge revamp of Central Vista (Rajpath), building of a brand new Parliament and Central Secretariat.

“We’ve got solely accomplished step one of choosing the agency that can provide you with the general growth plan. The federal government, Lok Sabha Speaker and different high functionaries will likely be consulted earlier than finalising your entire design and structure proposals, notably relating to the brand new parliament and workplace complexes. It’s a mission of nationwide significance and it’ll undergo a number of rounds of scrutiny,” an city affairs ministry official mentioned. The mission is being applied by the Central Public Works Division (CPWD) underneath the city affairs ministry.

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Within the proposed grasp plan, HCP has advised that the prevailing parliament could possibly be transformed as “Museum of Indian Democracy” and North and South Block could possibly be used to showcase “India at 75” and “The Making of India” respectively.

Whereas asserting the title of the chosen city design agency, Union city affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri had mentioned the facade of North and South Blocks wouldn’t be touched and the prevailing Parliament Home wouldn’t be demolished.

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HCP has advised that the brand new Parliament can come up near the prevailing one. Actually, even the Lok Sabha secretariat had indicated this whereas in search of strategies from sitting MPs “for both renovation of the prevailing Parliament constructing or building of altogether a brand new Parliament constructing inside the given premises”.

Sources mentioned there’s sufficient area to construct a brand new construction behind the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which faces the current Parliament constructing. At the moment, this area is used for parking. They added that whereas the prevailing parliament has large open area, the brand new one may have extra built-up space to accommodate the opportunity of extra MPs after contemporary delimitation.

City affairs ministry officers mentioned the conceptual plan of HCP was chosen contemplating that your entire proposal was not flashy and was near the federal government’s requirement. They added that the present top restrictions within the Lutyens’ space at 26 to 32 meters can be maintained whereas sealing the redevelopment plan. A number of the buildings could also be razed and even a brand new Central Convention Centre might come up. At the moment, Vigyan Bhawan is used for conferences.

“The general plan is to make sure that there will likely be no on-ground parking throughout the world and there will likely be sufficient underground parking area to satisfy the requirement. There could possibly be a low-speed round rail sort facility that may join all of the workplace buildings that type a part of the Central Secretariat,” mentioned a supply.

The federal government has estimated expenditure of round Rs 10,000 crore and has set March 2024 because the deadline for finishing all initiatives, simply two months earlier than the following common elections.