The Hush Post: A decade after Lalilt Sharma, the then Adviser to the UT Administrator, laid the foundation stone of a new UT Secretariat building in 2007, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has now approved the construction of a new secretariat building for UT offices in Sector 9, Chandigarh.
This is how fast, files move or get delayed in government offices in our country. The UT administration has included the project in the Budget proposals for which funds had been sought from the Centre. The UT Administrator has the power to sanction projects up to Rs 50 crore, so the case was lying with the Ministry of Home Affairs for approval.
As and when the proposed building is built, it would be the city’s first five-star-rated green building. It will have several green building features like the earth air tunnel-forced ventilation system, evaporating cooling system, natural lighting and ventilation for comfortable ambience, central landscape and courtyard planning to encourage solar passive measures and maximise ventilation. The other features include a rooftop garden, installation of the water harvesting system and solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plant.
The new building will be constructed between the existing additional deluxe building and the Chandigarh Housing Board building in Sector 9. Another advantage of the building would be that all UT departments will be accommodated under one roof. Due to space constraint in the exiting UT Secretariat building, the staff of several UT departments are working from outside the Secretariat. Different departments like Excise and Taxation, Social Welfare Department, office of the Controller, office of the Block Development and Panchayat Officer, , Health Department, State Agricultural Marketing Board, Legal Metrology and Fisheries Department will be housed in the new building.
The UT Administration has sought Rs 72 crore for the construction of the new secretariat building from the government. Talking to a regional daily, Mukesh Anand, Special Secretary of the Engineering Department, said the department was hopeful of getting the required funds for the project in the Budget this year. A consultant for the interior designing of the building has already been appointed while the overall designing of the project would be done by the Architecture Department.