Hi-tech houses for MPs at South & North Avenue
Government has proposed to construct three-storey houses for Parliamentarians at North and South Avenue by demolishing the existing ones, to modernise and increase the capacity of the blocks.
New Delhi: Government has proposed to
construct three-storey houses for Parliamentarians at North
and South Avenue by demolishing the existing ones, to
modernise and increase the capacity of the blocks.
Estimated to cost around Rs 55 lakh per house, the new
type VI houses will have digitally-controlled door system, a
first of its kind for MPs in Lutyen`s zone.
Currently there are 356 MPs staying in North Avenue
(193) and South Avenue (163).
"As per the redevelopment plan, there will be total 414
Type VI houses at North Avenue and South Avenue," said a
senior Urban Development Ministry official adding "the new
blocks will be able to accommodate 58 more MPs."
Constructed around 80 years ago, the maintenance of
these houses has become difficult. "There are problems of
seepages in almost all rooms and buildings are in bad shape.
There are many alterations and additions in the existing
structure as per the requirement of MPs. It was incurring more
expenditure on account of maintenance," the official said.
Garages and servant quarters are also situated in a
scattered way in North and South Avenue.
The new houses with modern facilities will be
constructed in phases after demolishing the existing houses.
There will be 40 new blocks in North Avenue and 37 new
blocks in South Avenue in the total 27.4 acre land in Lutyen`s
To enhance the security system, CCTVs will be set up and
the entry and exit will be equipped with access-controlled
system. "Currently there is no such security system in North
Avenue and South Avenue and MPs have demanded for
strengthening the security as there are many theft cases
reported in the area," said the official.
Designed by CPWD architects, the new Type VI houses will
have four-bed rooms, attached toilets with each bed room,
kitchen, office-cum-study, drawing and dining.
The design is being done in such a way that the
tree-studded character of Lutyen`s zone is kept intact and the
height of the three-storey building will not be exceeding the
"Though these new houses will have modern facilities,
the design is in sync with the adjoining buildings," he said.
There will also be community halls, CGHS dispensary,
canteen besides garages and servant quarters.
After getting the approval of the Delhi Urban Art
Commission, the design of the new Type VI houses will be sent
to PMO for final approval for starting the construction of the