CM lays foundation stone for Vidhan Bhavan annexe building

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jul 2018 09:52:12


Staff Reporter,

State to spend Rs 10.53 crore for construction of 12 cabins for ministers and a VIP canteen in the annexe building

The work is expected to be completed in 10 months

Soon, a new building will be added to Vidhan Bhavan campus in city. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, laid the foundation stone of a new annexe building proposed to be constructed in place of existing canteen between the existing buildings of Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly.

Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar, Chairman of Legislative Council; Haribhau Bagde, Speaker of Legislative Assembly; Manikrao Thakre, Deputy Chairman of Legislative Council; Sudhir Mungantiwar, Finance and Planning Minister; Girish Bapat, Parliamentary Affairs Minister; Chandrakant Patil, Public Works Minister; Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, Leader of Opposition (Assembly); Dr Anant Kalse, Principal Secretary of Legislature Secretariat, and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

State Government has approved Rs 10.5350 crore for construction of the new building. The new annexe building is proposed as the existing facilities are inadequate to accomodate the offices of all the ministers and their personal secretaries.

Legislature Secretariat gave administrative approval to Rs 10.5350 crore proposal on June 21, 2017. Heritage Conservation Committee also gave its approval to the proposal on October 26, 2017.
The maps prepared by private architect G V Joshi were approved by the Presiding Officer on October 27, 2017. On December 12, 2017, Deputy Chief Architect submitted draft maps.

Already, e-tender for the proposed building has been floated. Once the revisions in the map are approved, technical sanction and e-tender process will be completed. According to officials of Public Works Department (PWD), the work is likely to be completed in 10 months. “We are expecting at least the ground floor to be ready before the start of Winter Session of State Legislature in December 2018,” said an official.

The annexe building will have ‘ground+two’ floors. There will be total 12 cabins of ministers, 12 cabins for personal assistants to ministers, gents and ladies toilets on each floor. On the mezzanine floor, a VIP canteen with seating capacity of 100 is proposed along with a kitchen and a store.

Sources said the initial plan included total 12 cabins for ministers on the ground and the first floor each.
There were no cabins for personal assistants to ministers. Further, there were no toilets on both the floors. In the new plan, the number of cabins for ministers have been reduced and cabins for their personal assistants have been added. The new plan also has toilets.

The new building will be constructed after demolition of VIP canteen, said sources. Solar energy system will be installed in the annexe building and expenditure of Rs 15 lakh has been sanctioned for the same. The new annexe building will have elevation in stone work so that it gels well with the existing heritage structure that houses Legislative Council presently.

U P S Madan, Additional Chief Secretary (Finance); Nitin Karir, Principal Secretary (Urban Development); Manoj Saunik, Principal Secretary (PWD); Ajit Sagane, Secretary (PWD); Ulhas Debadwar, Chief Engineer; P D Navghare, Superintending Engineer; Janardhan Bhanuse, Executive Engineer; A N Mohite, Joint Secretary, Legislature Secretariat; V G Athawale, Deputy Secretary also were present on the occasion of bhoomipujan of the project. Suraj Maharaj Washimkar performed the rituals during the function.