The tender for construction of the new Parliament Building is under scrutiny while architectural plans for other buildings are under planning stage. The estimated cost for Construction of new Parliament Building is Rs 971 crore. Estimated cost of other buildings and development / redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue shall be worked out after finalization of plans. This information was provided by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri in a written reply in Lok Sabha yesterday. He also said that the tender for construction of new Parliament Building was invited through open competitive bidding and TATA Projects Ltd emerged as the lowest tenderer with quoted amount of Rs. 861.91 Crore.
The Consultancy work for development/ redevelopment of the Central Vista has been awarded to HCP Design Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd. through a quality-cum-cost based (QCBS) tendering system followed by Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
While arguing for the new building the Minister said that the existing Parliament House Building was commissioned in 1927; thus, the building is already 93 years old and has since been declared heritage grade-I building. Its facilities and amenities are highly inadequate to meet the current demand of the Parliament. There is acute shortage of office space and there are no individual chambers for Members of Parliament. This building was not meant to be for bicameral Parliament and has been over-stressed through large scale retrofitting done over the years. The other buildings on the Central Vista were built after independence, i.e. Krishi Bhawan, Udyog Bhawan etc. These buildings are more than 50 years old and there is shortage of working space, parking, amenities and services in these buildings for efficient office atmosphere. The spread of Central Government Ministries and Departments in different locations leads to inefficiency and the problems can be resolved by developing a Common Central Secretariat.