Govt floats tenders for House work
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), which looks after the maintenance of the heritage structure, has floated tenders asking private consultants, architects and experts to come out with a plan on the best way to conserve the building.
Officials said the building designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1927 will undergo “sophisticated supervision” by these experts. “The private architects and consultants will work in close coordination with government officials and they will chalk out a way for the maintenance and upkeep of the building. Cracks have to be filled up and drainage pipes have to be fixed first,” said a senior official, adding that there was no question of relocating Parliament, as had been suggested earlier, leading to protests.
In a report submitted to the Lok Sabha Secretariat last year, the Urban Development Ministry had suggested its relocation to the south of Vijay Chowk. The proposal was rejected by most members.
A committee under the direct supervision of Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath will look at various proposals by private consultants and the financial bid will be awarded after that.
“We are also thinking of getting equipment from abroad for the restoration process. The private experts and architects will give us additional knowledge on how to go about it,” said CPWD
Director General Ashok Khurana.
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