Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who returned from a 3-day US visit on Sunday, made a surprise visit to the construction site of the new parliament building. The Prime Minister reached theÂ site without prior intimation and security detail.
PM Modi reached the construction site at 8:45 pm and spent almost an hour and conducted a first-hand inspection of the construction status of the new parliament building.
The government has so far spent Rs 238 crore and Rs 63 crore for the construction of a new Parliament building and the redevelopment of Centre Vista Avenue.
The construction of the new Parliament building at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore is being undertaken and is targeted to be completed by October next year.
Also, the redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue stretching from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate will cost Rs 608 crore and the project is expected to be completed by November this year, he said.
According to the government, the estimated costs to be incurred on these two projects for the financial year 2021-22 is Rs 1,289 crore.
Earlier, the government had said the ongoing Central Vista redevelopment project, which includes the construction of 10 new Secretariat buildings, would lead to a saving of Rs 1,000 crore in the form of rent for government offices.
The redevelopment project of the Central Vista — the nation”s power corridor — envisages a new triangular Parliament building, a common central secretariat, revamping of the three-km-long Rajpath, from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, new prime minister residence and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), and new Vice President Enclave.