Proposed Vanijya Bhawan building in New Delhi will strictly conform to Central Vista norms. The Central Vista within the LBZ area is the stage for the annual Republic Day parade and other important functions which are a pride of the nation.
The building for which Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone today will have an area of 19233.745 sq. meters. Located near India Gate, it is being built on a plot of 4.33 acres, belonging to erstwhile Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D), at the junction of Akbar and Man Singh Roads. It will accommodate about 1000 officers and staff.
While retaining the Central Vista architecture, the Vanijya Bhawan will have all modern technology driven features. It will be a completely paperless office with state of the art facilities such as smart access control, central air-conditioning, video conferencing, and completely networked systems. The building is also significantly a green building with all required certifications.
The layout of the building has been planned so as to minimise the number of trees that would have to be cut. More than 56% of the 214 trees on the plot are either being left untouched or are being replanted on the same plot. About 70% of the big trees have been saved. 230 new trees are also being planted on the same plot, thereby ensuring that tree cover on the site would increase after construction of the new building.
The Department of Commerce is currently housed in UdyogBhawan which also houses a large number of other Government of India departments leading to constraint of space. A few of its attached and subordinate offices like the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) and Government e-Marketplace (GeM) are operating from rented premises.