The Chief Minister's office in Delhi secretariat at IP Estate could get a swank security makeover soon.
The Delhi Government’s General Administration wing has proposed a new set of bulletproof glasses to replace the old ones on the wall and the windows of the CM Office.
The new glasses unlike the present ones can absorb gunfire from the powerful AK 47 and 56 assault rifles.
The proposal also includes replacing the glasses on the wall and windows of the two restrooms — used by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit — and the cabinet room.
At present, the glasses of windows are made of "toughen glass panes" that have a simple bulletproof film on them, a senior government official said on the condition of anonymity.
According to the official inter-departmental communication, accessed by the Hindustan Times, the need to replace the glasses arose since the old ones had developed "scratches and water marks". The communication states that "intense cleaning" had caused these marks, which "could not be removed and thus required to be replaced".
The proposal to replace the glasses was floated by the General Administration (GA) wing of the Delhi government. However, no official from the administration wing was willing to talk about the matter. P.C. Jain, Joint Secretary (GA), refused comment saying he wasn't authorised to talk to the media.
From General Administration, the proposal was forwarded to the Public Works Department (PWD), which will act as the executing authority.
PWD officials refused to come on record, considering its "sensitive nature".
Two senior PWD officials, directly involved with the case, spoke to HT on the condition that they will not be named. They said the existing "toughen glass panes fixed in aluminum frame" were enough to absorb the impact of bullets fired from smaller weapons like a revolver or a pistol but they would not sustain the impact of a sophisticated weapon.
"Moreover, we had tried everything possible to remove the scratches and the watermarks but they won't go so it was decided to get them replaced," they said.
Senior officials, however, refused to discuss how much money would be spent on replacing the glasses.
Neeraj Sehgal, proprietor of Sehgal and Sehgal Industries, which deals in manufacture and export of bulletproof glasses, told Hindustan Times that such glasses would cost Rs 9,000 per square/metre.