Parliament Redevelopment Project May Begin Next Year, Says Hardeep Singh Puri
Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Housing and Urban Affairs. (Photographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg)

Parliament Redevelopment Project May Begin Next Year, Says Hardeep Singh Puri

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The construction work for redevelopment of the Parliament Building, Central Vista and a Common Central Secretariat may begin in 2020, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday.

The Narendra Modi government has floated a request for proposal for "development or redevelopment of Parliament Building, Common Central Secretariat and Central Vista", as part of a larger plan to redevelop the over-three-km stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate in Lutyens' Delhi.

Asked about the site and design of the Parliament Building, Puri said these aspects are currently "under consideration".

"As of now, the timeline is expected that by mid-October, we should be able to float tender (for the design) and by next year the construction may begin,” the Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Housing and Urban Affairs.

The redevelopment plan includes the North Block, South Block and the Parliament complex as well. "The North Block and South Block and 3.5-km Central Vista from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, all of that will be redeveloped," Puri said.

"...and by the time we meet in 2024, at the time of the next elections, it is expected that we will be in a new Parliament Building," Puri said.

On Thursday, government sources said the Monsoon Session of Parliament in 2022 will be held in a newly-developed Parliament Building. The Central Vista will be redeveloped by next year and the common Central Secretariat will be ready by 2024.

Shastri Bhawan, Udyog Bhawan, Krishi Bhawan are among buildings which may be razed to facilitate a common Central Secretariat for offices of various ministries, the sources added.

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