PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of new Parliament building on 10th of December 2020. The Supreme Court approved the Central Vista revamp project on Jan 2021 and since then the area is under construction. Many opposition leaders and parties voiced their disapproval for this project, that too amidst a global pandemic. they are of the opinion that the Indian economy has seen a major trough due to COVID and the revamp project is just an added expense. In response, PM Narendra Modi slammed the critics on Thursday morning as he inaugurated new Defence Ministry offices.
“We all saw how some people tried to sabotage the Central Vista project.. how they ran personal agendas to spread misinformation. But not once did they speak of the conditions of these hutments from where our ministries work. Nor did they mention the new Defence Ministry complexes and how crucial they are,” PM said at the inauguration ceremony.
₹ 20,000 crore Central Vista revamp is often considered ambitious and unnecessary, especially in the current scenario. Critics say that the economic and financial conditions of the country will further deteriorate due to this project. However, the government officials claim that the renovation of Central Vista is very important for the country’s administration. It will expand the Parliament house to incorporate more MLA’s and MP’s. Still, the project has been cited as an example of misplaced priorities by the government.
About the new Defence Ministry offices:
The new Defence Ministry offices will assimilate 7000 officials as opposed to the old offices which had just 700 hutments spread across an area of 50 acres. The two new office complexes which the PM inaugurated today are located at African Avenue and Kasturba Gandhi Marg.
“This is a big step towards the construction of modern Defence Ministry Enclave in the capital. It will further strengthen our efforts to make the working conditions of our armed forces more convenient and effective,” said the PM in praise of the new accommodations and offices.
Details about the Central Vista project:
The project includes creating an ensemble of new secretariat buildings and offices in order to improve the working conditions of ministries.
Revamping of the 3kms road between India Gate and Rashtrapati Bahvan
Converting North and South blocks into public museums and shifting PM’s and Vice President’s office and accommodations near the aforementioned blocks.
Building a new Parliament premises with increased capacity to incorporate more officials.
The estimated cost for the project is somewhat around ₹20,000 crores. Aim is to complete the project by 2024.
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