Go Ahead For Change of Land Use To Construct New Parliament At Central Vista


Paving the way for the construction of the new Parliament complex, the government has approved the land-use change as required for the ambitious Central Vista Redevelopment project.

Acting on the recommendations of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has decided for going ahead with the construction of new Parliament building and other projects in the prestigious Central Vista project.

Keeping the existing greenery in the area, the ministry will ensure that the green areas and public spaces are adequately compensated or enhanced.

The Central Vista of New Delhi houses Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, North and South Block, India Gate and National Archives among others.

All these iconic buildings were constructed before 1931, the year in which the new Capital was inaugurated. The other office buildings were built on various plots subsequently to address the office requirements of Central Ministries and Departments in an unplanned manner.

Parliament House building came up in 1927 and is declared Heritage building. Its facilities and infrastructure are inadequate to meet the current demand.  “Therefore, there is an imperative need to construct a new state-of-art Parliament building in close vicinity,” said a senior ministry official and added, “This proposal may address not only the space requirement but may result in an iconic structure as a symbol of democracy.”

The offices of the Central Government are spread over different locations which affect inter-departmental coordination, and unnecessary travel leading to congestion and pollution. Further, most of the existing buildings have outlived their structural lives.

The Hutments, which occupy a huge area in the Central Vista, came up as temporary structures during the Second World War. Development of Common Central Secretariat will create modern workspaces with the latest technology for better productivity and efficient utilization of human resources.

Rajpath and avenue in Central Vista which includes greens and water bodies adjoining it symbolizes the magnificence of the Capital City and is a tourist place of national importance.

Since upgrading its facilities and rejuvenating the green spaces is necessary, we have taken up the Central Vista Development Redevelopment Project, the official said.

The objectives of the Project include upgrading Parliament’s space and facilities; consolidating, rationalizing and synergizing government functioning; refurbishing and better equipping Central Vista Avenue; strengthening cultural institutions in the Central Vista.