However, the project for the construction of the secretariat buildings experienced delays at the tender stage.
The construction of the new Parliament building and the redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue could be completed earlier than expected, while the construction project for the first three of the 10 proposed secretariat buildings has been delayed at the appeal stage. ‘offers, according to the Central Department of Public Works (CPWD).
The new parliament, which is expected to be completed by November 2022, should be ready in time for next year’s winter session, an official said. Central Vista Avenue would also be ready before its deadline for the Republic Day parade in 2022, the official said. The official added that while there had been some delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the backlog had been caught up with additional teams of deployed workers. Another CPWD official said the projects would likely be completed ahead of schedule.
The overhaul of Central Vista, which stretches from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, is expected to be in full swing in 2023, when India is expected to host the G-20 summit for world leaders. The final elements of the larger plan, including the construction of a new convention center and the renovation of the north and south blocks that will serve as the national museum, are expected to be completed in 2026.
As the first two projects – the Parliament building and the renovation of Central Vista Avenue – progress, the CPWD has postponed the deadline for submission of tenders and the opening of tenders six times for the first three buildings of the Joint Central Secretariat. (CCS). The offers were due to be opened on Friday, but on Thursday the CPWD cited “administrative reasons” for extending the deadline to September 17.
The CPWD official said there was a “malicious” element leading to the delays. The CPWD amended the tender on several occasions due to issues raised by potential bidders. The 3,463 crore project includes construction and a five-year maintenance contract for three CCS buildings to be carried out on the site of the Indira Gandhi National Arts Center, which has been moved to a temporary location at the former Janpath Hotel.
The Central Vista project includes the construction of a new residence for the Vice President, for which the CPWD has issued a tender, and a new residence and office for the Prime Minister, which have yet to be finalized.