The New Parliament Is A Part Of Government’s Ambitious Central Vista Redevelopment Project
The central government has narrowed down the list to three Mumbai-based construction companies, i.e. Tata Projects Limited, Larsen & Toubro Limited and Shapoorji Pallonji & Company Private Limited for the construction of a new Parliament Complex.
These three entities were selected out of seven in the bid for the contract. The latest revelation has brought the process of tendering out the project a step closer.
Central Public Work Department (CPWD) invited pre-qualification bids in a two-bid system to construct the triangular-shaped building on a built-up area of around 60,000 square metres on plot number 118 of the Parliament House Estate, adjacent to the current Parliament building. The bid document estimated the cost of the project at roughly Rs 889 crore.
The department had also laid down strict eligibility criteria based on a firm’s past seven years work experience, such as having constructed an assembly hall with a minimum capacity of 1,000 people and a building with a basement. It also asked the companies to state their ongoing projects, net worth, average monthly turnover, sources of raw materials and many other factors.
As per the reports, Mumbai-based construction and civil engineering company ITD Cementation India Limited, Hyderabad-headquartered NCC Limited, PSP Projects Limited of Ahmedabad, and Uttar Pradesh state government’s UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited were disqualified from the project because they didn’t fit into the parameters set by the CPWD.
The new Parliament building will be comprised of halls with a bigger seating capacity for the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, offices for the Members of Parliament, as well as a courtyard, dining facilities and a lounge for lawmakers which is likely to commence after Parliament’s winter session and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2022.
The bid document said that the proposed project is very prestigious and is required to be completed strictly within the prescribed time limit of 21 months with the highest standards of quality and artistry.
It also indicated that 50% of the workers would need to be skilled for work of stone masonry, carving, fresco, furniture, and adequate health and safety measures would need to be taken given the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.
A circular by CPWD stated that “The bid documents as submitted by the agencies on-line were processed and scrutinised as per initial eligibility criteria as laid down in the subject pre-qualification document.
After obtaining clarifications from bidders and their clients as mentioned in their bid documents, evaluation has been done for all the bidders wherever feasible on the basis as prescribed in the said pre-qualification document, ”
The new Parliament complex is supposed to be among the first projects to be sorted and tendered out as part of the “Central Vista Redevelopment Project” that also includes plans to turn North and South Block, situated opposite each other on Raisina Hill and which house top central government ministries, into a museum and the construction of new administrative offices with an underground metro.
Written By – Shilpa Dey
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