DUAC objects to ‘reconstruction’ of Kejriwal house and calling it repair


New Delhi: The Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) has raised serious objections to Delhi government’s plan to renovate chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence at 6 Flagstaff Road in north Delhi’s Civil Lines area.

DUAC, the statutory body responsible for maintaining aesthetics and environmental design in Delhi, has not approved a public works department (PWD) proposal for “addition and alteration” in the chief minister’s residence, pointing out numerous flaws in the plan.

The commission, which had considered the plan at a meeting on November 6, also took a grim view of the fact that construction had begun at the chief minister’s residence even before DUAC’s mandatory approval.

“It is mentioned in the project details that the site work has already commenced. Construction can commence only after approval,.” DUAC said in its observations.

It also pointed out that PWD has described the project as “addition and alteration” but in reality “it is clearly evident from the submission that an entirely ‘new building’ is being proposed after completely demolishing the existing structure”, DUAC said, seeking a clarification on this.

The plan to renovate had been initiated after an August audit by PWD revealed an urgent need for repairs. The roof of a building had collapsed inside the CM residence. The final plan, however, has fallen short on commission’s yardstick.

“The building belonging to the chief state representative should have a very strong architectural character,” DUAC has observed. “The form and function should respect the setting and also ensure that all the requisite functions in the building (including ceremonial areas, common areas, office spaces for staff plus parking, security staff, frisking areas from security point of view, spaces for domestic staff etc.) are catered to in the design itself. The mentioned functions are not incorporated in the proposal and it is purely seen as a residential complex.”

This is not the first time that DUAC has put a spanner in the works of a major project. In June this year, DUAC had held back its approval of the new Parliament building and sought more details from Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the nodal agency for the project.




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