Shifting of PM’s residence may give Modi a chance to walk to office from home


According to a blueprint prepared by the government for its Central Vista Redevelopment Project, the Prime Minister’s residence and office are likely to be shifted near the South Block. The vice-president’s residence too will be shifted in the North Block. The redevelopment project proposes a triangular Parliament building next to the existing one, a common Central Secretariat and the revamping of the three-km-long Rajpath—from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.


This shifting would help in easing traffic in the area as VIP movements often cause inconvenience to the people in Lutyens Delhi. The residence and office of the PM will be close enough so that the prime minister can walk to office from home.


The new Parliament building will have a seating capacity for 900 to 1,200 MPs and have modern facilities like computer screens on tables and comfortable seating space, and offices for Union ministers and MPs, as per the plan. Once the redevelopment project is executed, the government will have a plan for the extension of the Central Vista from the Ridge to the Yamuna River.


The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is likely to be shifted from its current location of Man Singh Road to Jamnagar House. The common Central Secretariat will comprise eight buildings, four on each side of Central Vista. Each building will have eight floors, which will house various ministries.