3 sites shortlisted for new secretariat

NEW DELHI: Government has zeroed down on three prime locations in central Delhi to build a massive new secretariat. Sources said the identified localities fall in Lodhi Estate, Pragati Maidan and its surrounding areas, and Sunehri Bagh region near Udyog Bhawan.

Government sources central public works department (CPWD) has submitted preliminary report indicating the proposed complex to the prime minister’s office about a week back. The new complex would have one iconic high-rise building surrounded by other tall towers to house central ministries and departments under one roof. The report also gives details of the implications on infrastructure, traffic movement and security issues, an official said.

TOI had first reported on November 5 that the search for over 10 acres in the Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone had started to meet the space shortage of about 22 lakh sq ft. Officials said the identified areas could be more than 10 acres to meet the requirement.

The redevelopment of Lodi Estate is already there in the Delhi Master Plan-2021 and such a land parcel can be made available for constructing the secretariat. Pragati Maidan has also been identified as another alternate since there are proposals to redevelop the exhibition complex or it can also be shifted. Sources said that Sunehri Bagh area also fits the proposal considering its location and Metro connectivity.

“Now it’s for government to take a call. But the focus to build such a complex in two or two-and-a-half years would be too short since there has to be proper planning and execution of the project,” an official said.

The proposal for the complex was pushed by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) after the new government took over.

Source: Times of India
Dated: 23 December 2014

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