Whoever becomes the Prime Minister of India after winning the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will be entering a new and sophisticated residence that is being built at the cost of Rs 467 crore as part of the Central Vista redevelopment project.
The brand new residential complex would house state-of-the-art facilities and from the new residence, the Prime Minister will have tunnel access to the Parliament and to the office at Raisina Hill. The Prime Minister's new residence will come up on Dara Shikoh Road near South Block in Delhi and it will be spread out over 36,328 sq ft.
The complex, which is one of the important constructions of the project, will come up with a total built-up area of 2,26,203 square feet. Besides the Prime Minister's main residence on the ground and first floors, the complex will also house the Prime Minister's home office, an indoor sports facility, support staff quarters, an office for the Special Protection Group, a Seva Sadan, and other important facilities.
The complex will have a VIP tunnel that will be accessed from the PM's home office. The tunnel will be directly connecting the Prime Minister's residence to the Prime Minister's main office, the new Parliament, and the Vice-President's residence. According to The Print, the proposal to have a tunnel was made to mitigate the traffic disruptions in the Central Vista area because of restrictions during the movement of the Prime Minister.
The expenditure for constructing the complex will be taken care of by the Union Housing Ministry's Budget grant. In the 2022-23 budget, Rs 70 crore was allocated for the project. The new Prime Minister's complex is being built with a deadline of September 2024 to complete the project. As India will be going for the Lok Sabha polls in mid-2024, the complex will be occupied by the new Prime Minister.
The Union Housing Ministry has already got environmental clearance for the project and the tender for the construction of the complex will be completed by December. The officials have said that the new residence for Prime Minister is being built not only to bring the Prime Minister's residence close to the Prime Minister's main office, the Cabinet Secretariat, and the National Security Council Secretariat but also to enhance the Prime Minister's security corridor. The new area can segregate the Prime Minister's route and thereby avoid traffic disruptions.