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Surprise inspection of Civic Centre by Mayor

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Civic body has allocated Rs.550 crore for its construction


The inspection reveals that the project would be completed within the prescribed time limit

‘The Civic Centre will have four six-storey blocks, one 28-storey Tower Block’


NEW DELHI: A surprise inspection of the Civic Centre being constructed at a cost of Rs.550 crore at Minto Road here was carried out by Mayor Arti Mehra on Thursday.

The inspection revealed that construction work was progressing as per schedule and plans to shift the offices of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi from Town Hall to the civic centre would materialise once it is ready for occupation in December 2008.

The civic body has allocated over Rs.550 crore for its construction. The inspection revealed that Tower Block (Block-E) had been constructed up to the 18th floor and the project would be completed within the prescribed time limit of December 2008. Other adjunct facilities such as plumbing, fire safety norms and electrical wiring were being developed in a timely fashion.

According to Ms. Mehra, “Spread over 12 acres, the Civic Centre will have four six-storey blocks, one 28-storey Tower Block with a total area of 116,750 sq.m. Since the Town Hall has already been declared a heritage building and is located in a congested area, the civic body will shift its seat of functioning to the new building once it is ready for occupation.”

Giving details of the state-of-the-art technology integrated in the building complex, the Mayor said: “Energy efficient centrifugal chillers and heat recovery wheel-fitted fresh air treatment units have been installed. There is a solar energy-based outdoor lighting and water heating system, lighting management system with dimmer control, a fire-fighting main pump, elevators and escalators with energy efficient “VVVF” drive and the provision for rainwater harvesting.”

The Mayor said the building had been equipped with 100 per cent power back-up, a dedicated 33 kV sub station for uninterrupted power supply and a dedicated sewage treatment plant. There was also a parking facility for over 2,500 cars. “Besides the civic body’s offices, the complex will have over five acres of green space ,” she added.

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