Tallest building will miss target once again
Councillors and officials of MCD eagerly waiting to move out of Town Hall — their current headquarters at Chandni Chowk — to the swanky skyscraper at Minto Road will have to wait for a few more months, reports Neelam Pandey.delhi Updated: Dec 22, 2008 00:29 IST
Councillors and officials of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) eagerly waiting to move out of Town Hall — their current headquarters at Chandni Chowk — to the swanky skyscraper at Minto Road will have to wait for a few more months.
For, the Civic Centre — which will house the new municipal headquarters —will again miss its deadline. This is the second time the tallest building in Delhi with 28 floors will miss the deadline. The centre was to be completed by December-end. It was extended to March 2009. But now civic officials say it will be ready only by May 2009.
The civic agency may impose a penalty on the Malaysian company that is constructing the building for the delay. "There is a clause in the agreement that if the company completes the building before December 31 they will be rewarded and if there is a delay, they will be penalised. We are planning to hold a meeting with the head of the company soon to decide on the matter," said standing committee chairman Vijender Gupta.
The MCD had planned to shift by January 2009, which was changed to March.
Apart from the MCD headquarters, the centre will house offices of the Income Department. "The furnishing and finishing will require more time. By April end, we will start the trial run and by May we will hopefully shift," added Gupta.
MCD commissioner K.S. Mehra said the March 15 deadline had to be met. "The deadline is March 15 and work has to be finished by then. I will take the officials concerned to task if it is not done,' said Mehra.
The centre will house art galleries, museums, a banquet hall and an auditorium. Apart from a food court and a library, the MCD has also set aside space for a a multi-storied parking lots to accommodate nearly 2,500 cars and a helipad for emergency evacuation.