Central Public Works Department Current Affairs - 2020

Plan to build new Parliament Building

On December 21, 2019, GoI announced that the 9.5-acre plot opposite to Parliament building is to be used for the construction of new Parliament building. This officially confirms that the plan to build a new Parliamentary building is on. There were concerns and objections regarding the plan in the earlier stages.

The Government of India is planning to build a new Parliament House. Under the plan, a new Central Secretariat will be built for all ministries that are spread over many buildings across Delhi.

Highlights

In September 2019, the Central Public Works Department set massive project by issuing request for redevelopment of parliamentary building and for the development of new secretariat. The project will cost Rs 12,450 crores. The deadline of the project completion is fixed as March 2022 (75th year of Independence). The new building will have lifespan of 150 to 200 years.

Background

The Parliament House was built by the British between 1911 and 1931. After 1947, government of independent India added buildings like Krishi Bhavan, Shastri Bhavan and Nirman Bhavan. These buildings are not earth quake proof and do have modern facilities and space that are in need today.

History

The Parliament Architecture was designed by British Architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912. The structure includes hybrid architectural style namely Hindu, Roman and Saracenic.

National Seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Public Architecture’ held in New Delhi

A National Seminar on ‘Emerging Trends in Public Architecture’ was held on 18 September 2019 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Seminar was inaugurated by Hardeep S. Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs.

Key Highlights of Seminar

The seminar was organized by Central Public Works Department as part of Nationwide Awareness Campaign during ongoing ‘Construction Technology Year’. In a bid to increase the use of modern technologies in the construction sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that April 2019-March 2020 would be taken up as the ‘Year of Construction Technology’.

The seminar facilitated knowledge sharing of latest developments and capacity building in field of Architecture design and planning in construction industry.

It also gave an opportunity to participants to discuss on latest developments and capacity building in Architecture design field and planning in construction industry.

The CPWD shared its expertise and knowhow with various Engineering Departments, builders and private agencies participating in Seminar.

The seminar also had deliberation on challenges in execution of works by CPWD.