If the wishes of the Urban Affairs ministry become a reality, then one need not got to Paris to have a look at the world’s tallest tower, he may get to see it in Delhi itself and that too very soon. Yes, one suggestion presented by one of the architects who participated in the bidding process of the tender to prepare Master Plan for Delhi’s Central Vista was to build an Eiffel Tower like structure to enable the visitors to have a bird’s eye view of the entire Lutyens Delhi. However, the proposal is in very early stage of discussion and if not found suitable may get rejected also. Incidentally, the proposal of Eiffel tower like structure didn’t come from bid winning architect.
It may be recalled here that the CPWD had issued tenders inviting bids for the Central Vista Master Plan in September. Though 24 potential bidders had participated in pre-bid conference meeting, only six technical bids were received. After examining the initial eligibility and technical parameters, all bidders were asked to make their presentation on Approach and Methodology before a Jury. After assigning the weightage of 80% to technical i.e. quality aspect and 20% to financial, Ahmedabad based Hasmukh Patel’s firm, HCP Design, Planning & Management Pvt. Ltd. (HDPMPL) emerged with the highest scores. HDPMPL is one of the leading architect firms in India, having vast experience of designing various buildings and spaces like Central Vista and State Secretariat at Gandhinagar; Sabarmati River Front Development, Ahmedabad; Mumbai Port Complex; Redevelopment of Temple Complex, Varanasi; New Campus, IIM Ahmedabad and CII-SN Centre of Excellence Kolkata etc.
The government aims to bring all its ministries and departments, which are spread over different locations in the city, at one location. 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.