Even as the fate of the Rail Bhawan remains unclear as plans for the redevelopment drive, worth Rs 20,000 crore are yet to be finalized, Indian Railways has given the approval to redesign the Railway Board’s headquarters based on the “aesthetics” of the Central Vista project. Last week, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed the Parliament that the government has not finalized the number of buildings that are to be remodelled or demolished under the Central Visa redevelopment project. The redevelopment plan of the central government involves a new triangular Parliament building, a common central secretariat. Besides, it also includes the renovation of the 3-kilometre-long Rajpath from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, according to a PTI report.
The Railway Board’s approval to Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), for the revamping, modernization and renovation of the Rail Bhawan building so as to provide well-ventilated, spacious and clutter-free working ambience was sent on March 22. The Railway Board, in a letter, has provided options for the building and for the renovation of the Rail Bhawan, it has asked the firm to come up with two different plans- one with estimation of cost and timelines for a phased manner renovation while the office is in working mode and the other plan with estimation of cost, as well as timelines for the full renovation to complete in one go, with an alternative place for the Rail Bhawan office till such renovation time.