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Transit system over ground or beneath? CPWD to take call on Central Vista plan | Delhi News


With its Central Vista redevelopment project underway, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) is planning a detailed traffic survey and integrated mobility plan that will decide, among other things, whether the new Common Central Secretariat (CCS) buildings would be connected via an underground or overground automated people mover.

The first three of the 10 buildings proposed in the CCS project are under construction as of now. In total, the 10 buildings would accommodate 54,000 employees of various union government ministries.

While announcing the Central Vista redevelopment plan in 2019, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry and project consultant — HCP Design, Planning and Management Ltd — had said the CCS buildings would be connected to the Delhi Metro, and to each other, through an underground people mover.

Inviting bids from consultants for the traffic survey Wednesday, the CPWD said it “intends to come up with an internal Automated People Mover System (APMS) so that employees using the Delhi Metro can be seamlessly connected with various upcoming buildings. Consultant can suggest APMS that can run underground or above ground, meeting the total demand generated by the proposed development.”

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The CPWD said the entire redevelopment, which includes the demolition of existing government buildings like Krishi Bhawan, Nirman Bhawan, and Shastri Bhawan, had been planned with the concept of transit-oriented development.

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“Now, CPWD intends to conduct a comprehensive traffic study of this area to understand the amount of traffic generated by all the proposed development and its impact on the surrounding network in terms of increase in traffic on the surrounding roads, traffic congestion, on the parking supply, impact on metro ridership etc,” it said in the notice inviting tender.

The successful bidder would be required to conduct a traffic survey of the circulation pattern, analysis of peak hours and areas of congestion, and projected assessment of office-goers and visitors in 2050. It would also have to draft an integrated mobility development plan. According to CPWD estimates, the project will cost Rs 2.24 crore and take around four months to complete.

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