New Delhi: With the Central Vista project kicking into high gear following the inauguration of two office buildings to accommodate 7,000 defence personnel currently having to operate from British era hutments, PM Modi took on the critics of the project for spreading “falsehoods” about the ambitious redevelopment scheme, reports Dipak Dash.
“I want to point out that those who had been after the Central Vista project have cleverly maintained silence on these two office building works meant for around 7,000 defence personnel, which are also part of the project,” he said.
I want to point out that those who had been after the Central Vista project have cleverly maintained silence on these two office building works meant for 7,000 defence personnel. This is because they knew their intent to create confusion, falsehood will be exposed, if all this came out,” said the PM, breaking the silence he had maintained over the Central Vista project even as an intense battle was fought over it inside the courts and in the wider public arena.
He said that the completion of the two buildings mark a big step towards construction of a modern defence enclave in the capital, and reflected the priority that his government has always placed on the “honour” of the armed forces.
Designed by the architects of central public works department (CPWD) and executed by its engineers, the two state-of-the-art buildings that have come up at Africa Avenue and KG Marg in the national capital, are equipped with modern amenities to meet the requirements of the personnel.
They have been built in a record 12 months time by using new technologies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised the land occupied by the two buildings account for one-fifth of the area on which the hutments and barracks were built. He said it was unacceptable that defence personnel dealing had to work from barracks and hutments which the Britishers built factoring in their need to have stables for their horses.
Modi said soon after taking charge of the prime ministership in 2014, he felt the need for better facilities for MPs in Parliament and to improve government offices. But he decided to first take up the task of building a National War Memorial for defence personnel who sacrificed their lives for the country. “We begun work in 2014, which should have started soon after independence. After completing that task, we have take up the task of Central Vista development for improving our offices and work efficiecy,” the PM added.