Central Public Works Department Current Affairs - 2020

Environment Ministry Clears New Parliament at Rs 922 crores

On May 2, 2020, the Expert Appraisal Committee cleared the proposal to new Parliament at Rs 922 crores. The Central Vista committee has also approved the new plan.

Support from other Government Entities

The case on minimized tree cutting and its related environmental concerns is still pending before the Supreme court. However, the apex court had refused to stay the Central Vista Redevelopment project recently.

The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), amidst COVID-19 crisis is supporting the project. According to CPWD, the Parliament was constructed 93 years ago and building a new building is of utmost importance.

Central Vista Redevelopment Project

The project aims to build a triangular parliament building. It will revamp the 3-km long Raj Path from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.

What is Central Vista?

The Central Vista of New Delhi houses Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, North and South Block and National Archives. The Parliament House was designed by Lutyens and Baker. The Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens and the secretariat that includes both north and south block was designed by Herbert Baker.

Concerns

Many historians are concerned that the project will demolish historical buildings.

Objective

The plan is to be completed by 2022. The new buildings will have underground parking system. Also, the new building will have metro connectivity and separate metro stations.

Guidelines to use Air Conditioners issued by Central Public Works Department

The Central Public Works Department has issued guidelines to use air conditioners during COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines have been issued as Air conditioner usages are to increase with the arrival of Summer in the country.

The main objective of the guidelines is to counter the fact use of air conditioners lead to increased spread of COVID-19. The threat of the pandemic can be reduced by following the guidelines

Highlights

The guidelines were prepared by the Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioner Engineers (ISHRAE). The association shared the guidelines with the Central Public Works Department. The CPWD has made necessary changes and has issued to the public.

The Guidelines

According to the guidelines, the ideal temperature to be maintained while operating an air conditioning system is between 24 degree Celsius and 30 Degree Celsius. The relative humidity should be maintained between 40% and 70%. The other guidelines are as follows

  • The air-conditioned room should be kept ventilated even when the ACs are not operating
  • The commercial and industrial facilities should ventilate with outdoor air
  • In order to maintain positive pressure in the space, the mechanical exhaust air shall be 70% to 80% of fresh air quantity.
  • The air filters should be cleaned frequently.

It is to be noted that the GoI had recently issued order that every air conditioner should have minimum temperature threshold as 24 degree celsius.