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The Central Vista currently accommodates various Ministries, Departments, attached and subordinate offices of the Central Government. The total number of Central Government employees working in these buildings are estimated to be around 54,000.

The Common Central Secretariat (CCS) will comprise 10 office buildings and a Central Conference Centre. All the 51 Ministries are proposed to be located at one location to improve coordination, collaboration and synergy. The office spaces are proposed with modern technological features and adequate space with amenities. The present buildings of the Central Vista shall be replaced with modern office buildings with capacity to hold about 54,000 personnel, which will meet the present and future needs of the Ministries/Departments. All these offices are proposed to be connected through a loop of automated underground people-mover, over-ground shuttles and walkways. These buildings will come up through redevelopment of existing Central Secretariat Offices like Udyog Bhawan, Nirman Bhawan, Krishi Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan, IGNCA, National Museum, Vice President Residence etc. located on either side of Rajpath. They will occupy the present plots of existing buildings, leaving around 2 hectares to be added to the green public spaces by taking out irregular protrusions.

The Defence Enclave has also been planned to consolidate the Ministry of Defence's multiple Departments and attached offices, including the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Department of Defence Production, and Offices of the Indian Armed Forces, including the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force. The Secretariat will be equipped with modern offices and conferencing facilities in general. All Ministries of the Government of India will be housed in the Secretariat, which will have contemporary offices and conference facilities.

Need for the Common Central Secretariat

Most of the buildings in the Central Vista area are more than 50-60 years old, and are approaching end of their service life. These buildings have shortage of office spaces, parking, amenities and services. Recurring costs of modernization and retrofitting/refurbishing the existing spaces and their infrastructure is a burden on the exchequer. Some of the challenges have been stated below. Further, the current administrative buildings at Central Vista do not make efficient use of precious land in the heart of New Delhi. Approximately 90 acres of land are occupied by what were meant to be temporary barracks (known as hutments), now being used as offices.

New Features of the Common Central Secretariat

The proposed Master Plan aims to provide modern, sustainable and upgraded facilities for housing all the Ministries/Departments and necessary Attached and Subordinate offices in 10 CCS buildings to bring administrative efficiency, preserve the Vista’s architectural characteristics, protect its heritage buildings/character and expand the public spaces. The objective of building Common Central Secretariat is to improve the coordination, collaboration and synergy among various organs of the Central Government that will boost productivity and obviate the need for unnecessary travel of documents and officials from the offices spread over different parts of the city that will reduce congestion and pollution as well. Further, administrative efficiency will be brought through highly functional and purpose designed office infrastructure. Shifting all Central Government offices in CCS buildings will get various Ministries/ Departments or their Attached/ Subordinate offices vacate rented accommodations which will save around ₹ 1,000 crore per annum. Read More

Common Central Secretariat has been planned with the principle of Transit Oriented Development. All CCS buildings will be connected by secure underground Automated People Mover (APM) at basement level from two Metro stations viz. Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan, which are located on Yellow and Purple lines of Delhi Metro. Further, a Shuttle service at-grade will connect all CCS buildings and other facilities on the Central Vista. This will increase the use of public transport, thereby promoting sustainability and improved air quality. Consolidating the Central Secretariat will also allow integrated use of building systems such as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) through Building Management System (BMS), which will increase overall energy efficiency and reduce costs of operations and maintenance. Read Less

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