Ar­chi­tects ob­ject to bid terms for re­de­vel­op­ment Say For­eign Play­ers Will Ben­e­fit

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The Coun­cil of Ar­chi­tec­ture (CoA) and a pro­fes­sional body of ar­chi­tects have flagged that most In­dian ar­chi­tects and firms would fail to com­pete with for­eign play­ers due to the strin­gent bid con­di­tions set by Cen­tral Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (CPWD) for pre­par­ing a mas­ter plan for “devel­op­ment/re­de­vel­op­ment of Par­lia­ment build­ing, com­mon cen­tral sec­re­tar­iat and cen­tral vista”.

The ar­chi­tects’ body has al­ready protested against the re­quire­ment to de­posit Rs 50 lakh as earnest money.

Act­ing CoA pres­i­dent Vi­jay Garg has writ­ten to Union ur­ban af­fairs min­is­ter Hardeep Singh Puri say­ing a high pro­file project of such im­por­tance should be ex­e­cuted on the ba­sis of “best design solution and con­cept” rather than low­est bid price as has been called for by CPWD. “This will en­sure that only the best con­cept and design is se­lected for a build­ing which shall show­case the em­bod­i­ment of In­dian democ­racy and its val­ues to the world,” the let­ter said. Garg said the com­pe­ti­tion will not only en­sure that a com­pe­tent pro­fes­sional is se­lected for pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive ar­chi­tec­tural ser­vices of the high­est stan­dard but also help in fix­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity and li­a­bil­ity of an ar­chi­tect.

In­dian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects said even the most estab­lished In­dian ar­chi­tects/ar­chi­tec­tural firms with proven track record would find it dif­fi­cult to match up with very or­di­nary for­eign ar­chi­tects and ar­chi­tec­tural firms in terms of an­nual turnover and other pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion cri­te­ria. After Lok Sabha Speaker Su­mi­tra Mahajan writes to UD min­istry to explore pos­si­bil­ity of a new Par­lia­ment build­ing, min­is­ter M Venka­iah Naidu asks of­fi­cers to find space

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla & Ra­jya Sabha Chair­man M Venka­iah Naidu urges PM to present an ex­panded Par­lia­ment by Aug 2022 PM Naren­dra Modi an­nounces govt ex­plor­ing all pos­si­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing mod­ernising the ex­ist­ing build­ing Ur­ban af­fairs min­istry in­vites bids from in­fra­struc­ture/ ar­chi­tect firms to pre­pare the plan

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