The swanky trapezium shaped nine-storey New Delhi City Centre building on Parliament Street — opposite Jantar Mantar — is abuzz with activity these days.
The reason is obvious. The building built by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will be the “nerve centre” of the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG). The headquarters of the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee (OC) will function from here till the event is over. After the Games, NDMC will shift its own headquarters here.
The OC is shelling out rent of Rs 5.6 crore every month to NDMC. “It is here that the central control room of the Games would be based. This building will be the nerve centre of the Games. It is from here that all the logistics of the Games will be monitored and controlled,” said AK Mattoo, OC treasurer.
The interior of the building has motifs of the Games imprinted on walls. “The interiors of this uniquely shaped building showcases an amalgamation of tradition and technological advancement. The interiors complement contemporary design element with usage of indigenous, eco-friendly and traditional materials,” said an OC official.
While the ground floor of the building will have a souvenir shop and travel desk, the different floors will house departments handling different aspects of the event — volunteer programme, media centre, security and administrative units among others.
“The CWG is going to be the biggest sporting extravaganza that India will be hosting after the 1982 Asian Games. And it’s only befitting that the Games headquarters is based here,” said Mattoo.
The City Centre built at a cost of Rs 115 crore has been in the making for over a decade. “Work started in 1995 and was completed only this year. The delay was caused because of contractual disputes with National Building Construction Company who built the structure and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). ASI had earlier objected to the construction of the building saying the shadow of the building fell on the historical Jantar Mantar,” said an NDMC official.
The building is spread over nine floors and will accommodate a workforce of over 1,200.