- A total of 7,000 officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces will be placed in the new Defence Offices Complexes.
- The Defence Ministry funded the construction of these office buildings at a cost of 775 crores.
- The new buildings are part of the Central Vista Development Redevelopment Master Plan.
PM Narendra Modi unveiled the Defence Offices Complexes on Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue in New Delhi on Thursday September 16.
The event was also attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, and Army Chief General MM Naravane.
The Prime Minister will meet with officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Civilian Services. The Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement that this will be followed by his address to the gathering.
It is estimated that about 7,000 officials from the Ministry of Defence and the Armed Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force) would be accommodated in these new Defence Office Complexes. The new structure under the Central Vista Development Redevelopment Master Plan will provide contemporary, secure, and functional working environments.
Until now, the officers and personnel of the defence ministry lived in pre-Independence era hutments near the North and South Blocks, which were built in the 1960s and 1970s.
The relocation of the current 27 defence offices to the posh structures on Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue would also open the way for the renovation of Central Vista.
An Integrated Command and Control Center has been developed to manage building operations while also ensuring the overall safety and monitoring of both the buildings.
They are state-of-the-art, energy efficient, and have extensive security control systems. One of the unique aspects of these buildings is the use of LGSF (Light gauge steel frame), a novel and sustainable construction technique that slashed construction time from 24-30 months in the case of standard RCC construction. The structures make use of resource-efficient green technologies and promote environmentally friendly practises.