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