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Old Parliament ‘insecure’; New building, Central Vista Avenue will be completed on time: Union Minister Puri

By PTI

New Delhi: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that the construction of new Parliament House from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate and redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue will be completed in a time bound manner.

Both these projects are being implemented as part of the Modi government’s ambitious Central Vista Redevelopment Plan.

Stressing on the need for a new Parliament building, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister said that the current one is “vulnerable” because when it was constructed, it was in Seismic Zone II, but now that area is in Seismic Zone IV. Is.

During an interaction at the ‘India Today Conclave 2021’, Puri said that the existing building, which does not have the capacity to accommodate more MPs, was never designed for Parliament and was a colonial power’s council house .

“The number of members (parliaments) has been increasing since becoming an independent country. Therefore, there have been a lot of internal adjustments and new facilities have been added. From a purely structural point of view, it is an unsafe building.

“When the building was constructed, it was in seismic zone II and today, that area is in seismic zone IV. That’s no exaggeration. We don’t want to create panic, but you know you pushed the limit. are,” she said.

Central Vista’s redevelopment includes a new Parliament building, a common Central Secretariat, revamping of the three-kilometre Rajpath from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, a new Prime Minister’s residence and offices and a new Vice President’s Enclave.

Tata Projects Limited is constructing a new Parliament building adjacent to the existing one under the Central Vista Redevelopment Project.

The government said that the winter session of Parliament will be held in the new building in December next year.

Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Pvt Ltd is undertaking the redevelopment work of Central Vista Avenue extending from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.

The government plans to organize a Republic Day parade at the new Rajpath next year.

“These two sections are actually the showcase sections (of the Central Vista redevelopment project),” he said, adding that both these projects will be completed within the time period.

In addition, the government had invited tenders for the construction of three new buildings of the Common Central Secretariat on the plot on which the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts is currently located, four infrastructure firms — Tata Projects Ltd., Uttar Pradesh Government Nirman Nigam Limited, L&T Construction and NCC Limited — had submitted technical bids for the project.

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