The Centre has finalised a plan to raze and rebuild 480 structures in the Lutyens’ bungalow zone, home to some of the most influential addresses in the country.

"The heritage character of the Lutyens’ bungalow zone will be retained. We won't tinker with the façade of the bungalows," a ministry official said on condition of anonymity.

There are 1,200 houses in the bungalow zone. The 480 that will be rebuilt are among the 588 owned by the government. A few years ago, a survey by the central public works department (CPWD), the ministry’s agency tasked with their maintenance, had found a majority of these to be structurally unsafe.

Maintenance is also expensive. The CPWD spends between Rs. 35 and Rs. 40 crore on their upkeep every year.

On Nov 4, 2007, at 8:22 AM, Architexturez-IN wrote:

The larger justification is, of course, for better use of the sprawling  lands in the heart of Delhi as the city is facing a severe land crunch.

Lutyens’ demolitions will start mid-Dec, 800 houses targeted

By Rashme Sehgal

New Delhi, Nov. 3: The historic Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone (LBZ) is going to be axed. Work on demolishing what the New York-based World Monuments Fund has listed as being among the 100 most endangered heritage sites in the world will begin from the Sunehri Bagh end starting from mid-December.

"For a start, we are going to pull down three bungalows in Sunehri Bagh. We will bifurcate their big lawns so that we can build an additional 16 houses there. In all, we plan to build 32 smaller bungalows in place of 19 bungalows," said CPWD chief engineer L.P. Srivastava, who is the government’s pointman for this job.

The Union Cabinet has given the go-ahead to the CPWD’s proposal. A nod from the PMO is required for any alteration or demolition in the LBZ.

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