Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone for Vanjiya Bhawan in the heart of New Delhi. The Vanijya Bhawan which will come up on Akbar road in Lutyen’s Delhi will house the country’s Commerce Ministry. NBCC (India) Ltd., a Navratna CPSE under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, has been appointed as the implementing agency to construct this building. The total cost of the project is Rs. 226.83 crores.
The dignitaries who attended the event were Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation; Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs; C.R. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution; Ms. Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary; and other senior officials from both the Ministries and NBCC.
The project will be spread across an area of 4.3 acres with a built-up area of 39,500 sqm, of which ground coverage shall be 22% only. The Vanijya Bhawan will comprise G+5 stories with two basements and have a parking capacity of 444 cars.
Speaking on the occasion, Hon’ble PM said, “Our government has completed projects with speed and encouraged the use of advanced technologies to construct green and eco-friendly buildings. I believe the construction of Vanijya Bhawan will be completed within the set timeframe. All departments under the Commerce Ministry will be able to work in harmony in the new building.”
In this context, he mentioned about Dr Ambedkar International Centre, Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra and the new office building for the Central Information Commission; all of which have been completed ahead of schedule by NBCC.
PM Modi remarked “India is leveraging digital technologies as the Fourth Industrial Revolution dawns upon us. This is essential to reduce dependence on imports and achieve double-digit GDP growth.” Suresh Prabhu said, “I hope that Vanijya Bhawan will be a modern, eco-friendly structure with its entire roof dedicated for solar power generation, with zero waste discharge and will offer universal accessibility.”
Hardeep S Puri added, “Vanijya Bhawan will be a green and smart building and will eventually become a global hub for trade promotion and policy. I am confident that NBCC will be able to complete the project by third quarter of 2019.”
Dr Anoop Kumar Mittal, Chairman Cum Managing Director, NBCC explained the features of new Vanijya Bhawan complex through its 3D model to Hon’ble Prime Minister at the event.
The construction concepts that will be used to build this Green Smart building include smart lighting using motion sensor, occupancy sensors and daylight sensitive lighting control system that save upto 20% energy costs. Smart access control system using Bio-Metric technology will also be used in the premises. The entire building will run on renewable solar energy with panels at the roof top generating 45 KW of power.
The building will be designed on the principles of green architecture with brilliant night lighting and enhanced levels of safety, security, convenience, efficiency and conservation around the premises; while retaining the Lutyen’s architectural flavour.