All You Need To Know About Delhi’s Central Vista Redevelopment
New Delhi’s Lutyens’ Zone is one of the iconic landmarks of the national capital which makes the city not just regal in look and feel but idyllic in its charm. Built between 1911 and 1931, Architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker planned the Central Vista of the city when the new capital was inaugurated. The government of India has now decided to revamp the Central Vista, Rajpath and the Parliament buildings or the seat of power into a group of modernised buildings while the existing ones will be converted into museums. For this, Ahmedabad-based firm HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt Ltd has been finalised to implement the project which is expected to be over by 2024. The new parliament building will have to be completed before India’s 75th Independence Day in 2022.
Here’s how the detailed plan look:
*The redevelopment of the Central Vista — the nation's power corridor in Delhi — envisages a new Parliament building next to the existing one, a common Central Secretariat for ministries and the revamping of the three-km-long Rajpath — from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.
*The new parliament building will be a triangular complex and will come up in 13 acres area within the existing complex. The new Parliament building will have a seating capacity of 900 to 1,200 MPs, and have modern facilities like computer screens on tables and comfortable seating space, and offices for Union ministers and MPs, as per the plan.
*The North and South Blocks, which symbolise the government authority since their inception in Lutyens' Delhi, are likely to reflect the history of India till 1857 and post the First War of Independence as the Centre has planned to convert the two heritage buildings into museums.
*The government pays Rs 1,000 crore as rent annually for its offices spread across the national capital. Nirman Bhawan, Vigyan Bhawan, vice-president's house, Udyog Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan are among those buildings in Lutyens' buildings, which are likely to be razed for the construction of a common Central Secretariat.
*The Prime Minister's residence and office will move near the South Block, and the vice-president's new house will be in the vicinity of the North Block.
*The firm, which will be paid Rs 229.75 crore for consultancy services, will prepare the master plan of the project, including designs, cost estimation, landscape and traffic integration plans and parking facilities.
With additional inputs from Housing.com News