The project will be awarded after scrutiny and going by the practice, the lowest bidder would bag the project. Sources said work could start from December or latest by January and the company has to complete the project within 21 months from the day Central Public Works Department (CPWD) allows construction to start.
The successful bidder will be allowed to carry out construction round-the-clock in three shifts and considering this provision, the period for completing the project has been squeezed. The CPWD had estimated the cost of the project at Rs 899 crore.
Though the government had targeted to complete the new Parliament building by July 2022, the timeline has been pushed by at least six months due to Covid. “Since there will be only one basement, the project can be completed in nearly 24 months though there will be a lot of stone work to sync the new building with the existing Parliament,” said a source.
The project has undergone a few changes, including the interiors, and the plan to have a tall spur has been replaced with a big National Emblem, which was suggested by the urban affairs ministry. Sources said the ceiling of the new Parliament building will have fresco paintings like that of Rashtrapati Bhawan and the carpets will have traditional designs instead of the current single colour carpets.
To retain some of the characteristics of the existing Parliament, the interior walls of the new one will have shlokas inscribed on them. Sources said Dholpur stone will be largely used like that of the existing Parliament and in some interior portions, red granite may be used in place of the red sandstone. “This will be a building with most modern facilities but displaying our culture and tradition,” said an official.
This is the first construction project of the government’s mega plan of redevelopment of Central Vista. TOI on November 3 had first published the full design of the Central Vista redevelopment plan, which included a new PM’s residence and Vice-President House on two sides of the President’s House. As per the bid document, the construction work of the new Parliament won’t have any impact on holding of sessions in existing Parliament.
Sources said the preparation for getting necessary approvals for the other components of the overall project, including construction of new office complexes along Rajpath, would start after December.