The construction of a much-awaited state-of-the-art highrise complex, which will house several government departments, started at Unit-V earlier this month. The project had been approved back in 2014 and planned to be completed within two years.
The Rs 123-crore project, which is being constructed by private construction major Larsen & Toubro, is expected to come up on three acres by 2018. Later, the area will be expanded to 8.3 acres. The complex will be a nine-storey structure with three towers and basement parking facility. The complex will create one-lakh square feet of office space.
The state government wants to create a cluster of offices in a single complex to facilitate the process of administrative decision-making, while also giving citizens an opportunity to get multiple services under one roof.
The state government would spend Rs 123 crore for the construction of the nine-storey structure. Once the building comes up, many government offices, which are now functioning from various parts of the city, will relocate here.
D.B. Behera, Executive Engineer, Works Department
- Construction of the 9-storey high-rise administrative complex is off the ground
- The under-construction 123-crore swanky building is located at Unit-V and undertaken by L&T
- Sprawling across 3 acres, the building is slated to be operational by 2018
- The complex will create one-lakh square feet of office space
- The cluster of offices in a single complex is designed to facilitate the process of administrative decision-making
However, it is not yet clear which government departments will be brought under one roof. According to Behera, the decision on the offices to be shifted in the new complex would be taken later by the government.
Works department chief engineer (buildings) S.R. Sethi said that each of the centrally air-conditioned towers would have conference halls, waiting halls and canteens. He mentioned that each of towers will also have separate basement parking facilities that would accommodate nearly 300 cars. Some parts of the ground floor will also be used for parking purposes.
Another senior official said that environment-friendly methods would be adopted in the project. There are plans to install photovoltaic solar cells on top of the buildings, which would generate electricity for the entire office complex. The officials are also planning to install rainwater-harvesting system on top of each tower.
Government offices are scattered across different parts of the city. It becomes difficult for us when we have work in multiple offices, for which we often have to cover miles. It is a nice plan of the state government to bring many offices in one place. People will be benefited by the move.
Nivedita Dash, Bhimatangi resident
Courtesy: The Telegraph