HCP Design, Planning And Management Private Limited is to redesign the Central Vista and design an additional Parliament building and a common central secretariat, for which several old office buildings are likely to be torn down.
Puri explained the reason for the project: “Our government offices are strewn all over Delhi. Apart from (that), we also pay Rs 1,000 crore a year by way of rent. Now when you are the landowner, and you have this space, and you have the liberty to design, we would like to design it in such a way that the essential offices are all in one place.”1
Housing and urban affairs secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said Parliament House currently had no space for the offices of MPs, and that the number of MPs might increase after delimitation, which is a possibility after 2025.
The winning bid, selected by a jury headed by P.S.N. Rao, chairperson of the Delhi Urban Art Commission and director of the School of Planning and Architecture, was of Rs 229.75 crore (in consultancy fees). Puri said this was considerably lower than the Rs 448 crore up to which the Centre was willing to pay.
The panel, whose composition has not been revealed, gave 80 per cent weight to quality and 20 per cent to cost. The tender process for the construction of the individual buildings will start in May.
- 1. Housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Puri, however, on Friday promised “extensive public consultations” even with those who don’t want “old buildings to be touched”.
Puri told reporters that HCP had been chosen from among six short-listed firms.
“We will hold extensive public consultations with all stakeholders and this will be in the public domain. Those who were not awarded the contract are also meeting the secretary and we will get ideas from them,” he said.