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Officials hold talks with architectural firm

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI Oct. 9. A day after the Government awarded the architectural design contract for the proposed Secretariat complex at Kottupuram here to the Chennai-based firm, M/s C.R. Narayana Rao, senior officials and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority executives today held discussions with the company's partners.

While the firm had given a conceptual plan of the elevation and some other elements of the multistorey complex, the discussions pertained to details.

Official sources say discussions were also under way in parallel to prepare a traffic plan for the Kotturpuram-Adyar area, where the complex is to come up.

The Chennai-based firm was selected after the Government and the Chief Minister personally perused the architectural concept plans presented by four companies. Two were from Delhi and one was from Bangalore, it is learnt.

The sources say the Government proposal is to create "an architectural landmark in Chennai". It is planned as a monolithic complex with the main Secretariat, the Legislative Assembly and Cabinet Ministers' offices, on the ground plus five floors, with some ancillary structures. The design itself provides for construction of three more floors in future. It will be an energy-efficient complex with modern communication infrastructure and the latest security features, say the sources.

According to the Government Order issued on Wednesday by the Public (Buildings) department, the CMDA member-secretary has to entrust architectural and consultancy services to the selected firm and send an action taken report to Government by October. 15.

When contacted, senior executives of the firm said it was too premature to talk about any further details of the massive project.

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