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6 arch firms submit bids for Central Vista makeover project

Six architecture firms have reportedly submitted their bids for central government’s ambitious Central Vista makeover project. A request for proposal (RFP) from national and international architectural firms for development or redevelopment of the Parliament building was invited on September 2nd and September 30th was the last day for the interested architecture firms to submit their bids. According to the sources, it may take another two weeks for evaluation of the bids.  Once the evaluation is completed, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) will invite financial bids.

The government aims to bring all its ministries and departments, which are spread over different locations in the city, at one location. According to the government, it’s paying annually Rs 1,000 crore as rent because of lack of its own space. In other words, the government is thinking on the lines of construction of a new parliament building. This has brought the Central Vista of New Delhi to centre of discussion among conservationists, architects and urban planners. The Centre has identified around four locations in central Delhi for the possible shift of various government offices to temporary structures to be erected by the CPWD.

In the planning of New Delhi in 1916, the Central Vista was conceived as a landscaped stretch to form continuity between the ridge and the river Yamuna. The stretch with the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the India Gate at two ends has tremendous visual quality and is one of the finest examples of Urban Design and monumentality in planning in the world. The Jama Masjid was visually linked with Parliament House, Connaught Place and Jama Masjid in the same axis.

Meanwhile, Delhi government is vying for the UNESCO World Heritage City tag for the capital city. However, experts feel that the proposed plan may not affect the proposal as long as all regulations are followed.

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