Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new office complexes of Defence Ministry on Thursday at two different locations in Delhi on Thursday. While one is at the Kasturba Gandhi (KG) Marg in central Delhi, the other is at the Africa Avenue road near Chanakyapuri.
PM Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri and Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat. Indian Army Chief General MM Manoj Mukund Naravane, IAF Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria and Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh also graced the event.
Inaugurating the office complexes of Defence Ministry, PM Modi said that today Delhi is progressing in line with ‘New India’ vision and the new Defence office complexes will now make it feasible for our armies to operate in better working conditions with all modern amenities.
The new office complexes have been constructed at a cost of Rs 775 crore allocated by the Ministry of Defence.
More than 7,000 officers and staff belonging to 27 different organisations, attached offices of Defence Ministry, service headquarters and other subordinate offices will be placed at new office complexes. The offices have been built for civilian and military officers whose offices had to be rebuilt due to the central vista complex.
The KG Marg complex would be used to relocate 14 different offices with a built-up area of 4.52 lakh square feet, while 13 offices are being relocated to Africa Avenue with a built-up area of 5.08 lakh square feet.
A Joint Coordination Committee — including representatives of the Department of Military Affairs, Department of Defence Production, Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (ESW), Department of Defence R&D and three Services — was constitued to coordinate various requirements of specific organisations, space allocation, common amenities and many more.
The new buildings which are under the Central Vista Development Redevelopment Master Plan provide a modern eco-friendly and green building environment.