The company headed by Bimal Patel had also carried out the redevelopment of the central vista in Gandhinagar and the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad. The contract has been awarded at a cost of Rs 229.7 crore much below the estimated Rs 448 crore, Urban Development Minister, Hardeep Puri said.

The consulting cost is usually 3 to 5 per cent of the total cost, Puri said although he declined to give the figure. Puri said the heritage buildings will not be pulled down as part of the iconic plan for a new look Delhi.

This will include a new central secretariat building as many government offices are spread over Delhi-NCR and Rs 1,000 crore a month is spent on rent.

Puri said this construction is happening with a target to fulfil the needs of at least 250 years. The minister said the time has now come for building modern and defining characteristics of Delhi as the national capital for 250 years.