CPWD Says Construction of Prime Minister’s New Residence Will Finish by Dec 2022

CPWD Says Construction of Prime Minister’s New Residence Will Finish by Dec 2022

The construction of the Prime Minister’s residence under the Rs 13,450-crore Central Vista Redevelopment Project will conclude by December 2022, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) said. The timeline was provided to the government-appointed Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) which has already approved the project. 

The CPWD told the EAC that the new parliament building will be constructed by November 2022 while the PM’s residence will finish construction a month later. The Union Ministry of Environment has provided the requisite clearances for the redevelopment and expansion of the current Parliament building.  

An excerpt from the meeting read - “The EAC, based on the information submitted and clarifications provided by the project proponent and detailed discussions held on all the issues, recommended granting environmental clearance to the project.”

The CPWD had submitted that the Common Central Secretariat will ensure the smooth flow of people and in turn, improve the efficiency of the administration. 

The agency also added that the Common Central Secretariat buildings will finish construction by May 2023. The CPWD had told the EAC that the Central Conference Centre will be operational by December 2026, and will meet all media needs while also providing connectivity to Delhi Metro. 

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The EAC asked the CPWD to make sure a specific area is marked for greenery as per the details provided in the project document. This document states that around 81,220 square metres of space will be reserved for plantation or greenery. Around 4,918 trees are expected to be managed and maintained at the project site. 

Given Delhi’s struggles with air quality, the CPWD was also asked to place two continuous online ambient air quality (AAQ) monitoring stations within the project area in coordination with the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) prior to the demolition work of the existing complexes. “Online monitoring should cover parameters e.g. PM10, PM2.5 along with NOx, SOx, covering upwind and downwind directions during the construction period,” the panel said.

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To ensure smooth flow of traffic in and around the project area, the EAC said, “The plan should stipulate, inter alia, the path and appropriate time for the movement of vehicles to and from the site. The plan shall be vetted by a concerned agency in the state government.”

The installation of noise barriers or other measures were recommended by the panel along with 50 anti-smog guns and 50 anti-smog towers to reduce air pollution at the project site. The anti-smog towers have been proposed to be added during the operation phase of the project.

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