The under- re-construction Central Vista in Delhi will have its own dedicated tunnel that will join Prime Minister residence with the Parliament.
For the unaware, the Central Visa is the area around Parliament, consisting of baron buildings including Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Patalia House, etc. It is currently being revamped.
The tunnel will reportedly separate the moment of high-risk politicians from general public. Planner Bimal Patel, while giving a presentation on his idea to revamp the Central Vista at CEPT University, has said that the tunnel’s motive is to free more space for the general public.
“Prime Minister’s motorcade goes away because he gets a tunnel from his home to his office and perhaps even other places. So, one way in which you free public places from security concerns is to separate out the people who need high security and put them away inside compounds. That’s how the US mall works,” he said during the two-hour PowerPoint presentation.
The presentation further showed the revised plan of construction for the new Central Vista. As per the plan, the PM’s house will be shifted near the South Block and Vice-President’s house behind the North Block.
The office of defense personals will be replaced with the Special Protection Group (SPG) office. And South Block will be converted into a museum of “India up to 1857”.
“The idea is to make North and South block a grand national museum of our country,” said Patel.
Two new buildings on both sides of Rajpath, with 50,000 – 60,000 housing capacity, are also a part of the plan. This will bring government employees, who are presently scattered across Delhi, at one place. The plan, Patel says, will save up to 1,000-crore that is spent on rent every year.
Most of the buildings will be connected with an underground tunnel.