MCD to shift to new headquarters in Civic Centre on Wednesday
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 18:53
New Delhi: Over 6 months after inaugurating it, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is finally set to shift to its new headquarters in the tallest building of the national capital from Wednesday.

A four-phased shifting of the offices of the civic agency to the Rs 650 crore 28-storey Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre building is beginning tomorrow and will continue till December 8, officials said today.

According to an MCD office order on "allotment of floor or space and shifting plan", the corporation will move all the key departments, including health, education, town planning, engineering and house tax as well as the office of the Municipal Commissioner and additional commissioners to the new building in four phases from tomorrow till December 8.

However, the offices the Mayor, Leader of the House, Leader of Opposition, Chairman of the Standing Committee, Press and Information Directorate and Municipal Secretary's office are planned to be shifted in the last phase from December 2-8.

The 112-metre Civic Centre was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Civic Centre on April 22.

The building, which will cater to 20,000 footfalls a day, will bring under one roof the deliberative wing and different offices of the civic body, which looks after 96 per cent of areas of Delhi.

The existing MCD headquarters in Town Hall is expected to be turned into a heritage hotel or a museum.

The new headquarters of MCD has been constructed in an area of 1.16 lakh square metres with a concept of 'green building', which is designed for optimum utilisation of natural resources like air, water and sunlight.

However, its construction had been hit by delays with the MCD missing several deadlines for shifting its offices.

During the monsoon season, there also were complaints of waterlogging inside the building.

The opposition Congress has repeatedly flayed the ruling BJP over delays in construction of the building and shifting of the offices.

The foundation stone for the building was laid by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1994 and work started in 2005, with Malaysia-based IJM Corporation as contractor.

The Civic Centre has four six-storey blocks, one 28-storey tower block, in addition to services block, water treatment plant and sewage treatment plant.

The building is provided with rain water harvesting, energy efficient lighting and day light sensor systems. Water conservation will be ascertained through flow sensors and self-closing taps, officials said.

The Civic Centre has an auditorium with capacity of 1,000 seats, an art gallery, restaurant, a 33KV sub-station for dedicated and interrupted power supply, waiting areas, fountains, an open-air theatre, three halls for holding MCD meetings as well as a separate media centre.


First Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 18:53

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