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Of the redevelopment work on Central Vista Avenue, whose deadline was set for December 2021, 40% were still pending, with the Republic Day parade less than two months away, according to information given on Thursday by government to Lok Sabha.

Responding to a question from Congressman Manish Tewari, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore said the redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue had achieved 60% physical progress. So far, the government had incurred a cost of 190.76 crore out of the total estimated cost of 608 crore, according to the response.

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On the new Parliament building, the minister said that 35% of the work had been completed at a cost of 340.58 crore out of the total cost of ₹ 971 crore. The project was due to be completed in October 2022.

The minister’s response comes a week after the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs established a Central Vista watchdog committee on November 25. Ministry officials previously said the unusual amount of rain during the monsoon caused delays, leading to an increase in staff. on construction sites. While Central Vista Avenue is due to be completed before Republic Day, the new Parliament is expected to be ready in time for next year’s winter session.

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According to the memorandum from the office establishing the committee, one of its tasks would be to continuously monitor “the pace of execution of the various Central Vista projects against targeted milestones to ensure their completion on time.” When asked why the committee was set up, a ministry spokesperson replied that it was “independent, ongoing and holistic monitoring.” On Thursday, the spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment on the delay in the projects.

Asked about progress, the Centre’s consultant for the Central Vista project, HCP Design, Planning and Management, said: “Construction of the new Parliament building is on schedule. Central Vista Avenue faces a slight delay due to Covid and unexpected precipitation. “

In a written response to The hindu, the Ahmedabad-based company said the parliament building would meet the “planned deadline of November 2022” at the “current pace”.

“Contractors are working hard and deploying extra resources to meet Central Vista Avenue deadlines. All the components needed for the 2022 Republic Day parade will be ready on time. The underpasses and some amenity blocks will be completed shortly thereafter, ”the company said.

HCP also “welcomed” the establishment of the oversight committee and said that it “would extend any cooperation from us to ensure that the quality and on-time construction targets are met.”

Meanwhile, two other projects that are part of Central Vista’s larger overhaul – the construction of three buildings for the Joint Central Secretariat (CCS) and the Vice President’s Residence – were in the “resource mobilization” stage. and site preparation ”. The CCS project would cost around 3,690 crore until its scheduled completion in November 2023, of which 7.85 crore had been spent so far, according to the response. The VP residency expected to be completed by November 2022 would cost 208.48 crore in total, of which 15 crore had been pledged so far, he said.

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The minister said 1,289 crore had been allocated to various Central Vista projects during the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

“The ongoing work at Central Vista has provided direct livelihoods to over 10,000 skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled workers on and off site and generated over 24.12 lakh man-days of employment. In addition, substantial jobs have been created in the manufacturing and transportation of cement, steel and other building materials. This work… will contribute to the country’s economy and help to concretize our determination for Aatmanirbhar Bharat ”, declared the Minister.


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