Project entails sprucing up Rajpath, retrofitting Parliament, demolition and reconstruction of the Central Vista bhawans. Archive

Over a month after the Centre proposed an formidable plan to revamp Lutyens’ Delhi, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) Friday introduced that Gujarat-based HCP Design, Planning & Management Pvt Ltd will execute the project.

The agency, headed by Dr Bimal Patel, beat five bidders to bag the coveted project, which is anticipated to be accomplished by 2024. Patel’s agency, arrange by his father Hasmukh C Patel in 1960, designed the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, and the Central Vista and state secretariat in Gandhinagar, when Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister.

The Delhi redevelopment project entails sprucing up of Rajpath, retrofitting of the Parliament, and demolition and reconstruction of the Central Vista bhawans. The sanction value or consultancy payment quantities to Rs 229.75 crore, in opposition to the estimated value of Rs 448 crore.
“I can say with full degree of confidence that all six companies submitted bids, which I can only describe as each better than the other,” mentioned Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Bimal Patel mentioned: “HCP’s design philosophy is to focus on solving practical problems so as to make deeply meaningful structures. It always wants to ensure excellence in design, and robust high quality construction. The Parliament and Central Secretariat will be iconic but also highly functional. We wish that the design will say that we are proud and secure about our past, and confidently facing our future.”

Patel’s agency, which had labored on the brand new IIM-Ahmedabad constructing, is at the moment concerned with the Kashi Vishwanath hall in Varanasi.
Early September, the CPWD had submitted a request for proposal of the project on-line and 24 companies confirmed curiosity. Finally, six bidders emerged, who confronted a six-member jury, headed by Professor P S N Rao, director of School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) and Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC).

Apart from HCP, the opposite bidders had been CP Kukreja Architects, Sikka Associates Architects, INI Design Studio, Arcop Associates Pvt Ltd and Architect Hafeez Contractor. “Bids were evaluated with 80% weightage to technical score and 20% to financial score,” mentioned Prabhakar Singh, director, CPWD.

Some of the facets that will probably be taken care of by the agency embrace creating the brand new grasp plan of the Central Vista, site visitors integration, air high quality administration and inexperienced development.

Puri mentioned the agency will maintain intensive public consultations with all stakeholders, and that the plans could also be put up on-line for all to see: “The secretary of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is also meeting those who were not awarded the tender. We will try to factor in their ideas as well.”

He reiterated that “at no stage was it suggested that old heritage buildings be reconstructed… In none of the designs was there ever an idea to demolish the existing Parliament… I still don’t know what we will do with the North-South blocks.”
An official mentioned heritage specialists and site visitors consultants will even be consulted, and inexperienced cowl is not going to be compromised.
MoHUA secretary Durga Shankar Mishra mentioned “… in 2022, the Parliament will be held in a new building.”

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