NEW DELHI: The new 28-storey state-of-the-art civic centre that will house the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) should pave way for the national capital to become a world class city, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said on Thursday.
"Delhi should become a world class city with the inauguration of this multifaceted civic centre — the Doctor Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre," Chidambaram said after inaugurating the building.
He added that the "work of the civic centre doesn’t stop with inauguration" and that every road, electricity connection, parks in Delhi should be "touched by quality".
"There should be no compromise in quality so that residents feel proud," Chidambaram said.
The Rs.550-crore building at Minto Road (now Bhavbhuti Marg)-Jawaharlal Nehru Marg junction will have a completely modern infrastructure, including two helipads — quite a change from the existing MCD’s Town Hall office located in the congested Chandni Chowk area.
It will bring under one roof policy makers and different offices of the civic body, which looks after 96 per cent of Delhi’s land area.
The MCD will begin shifting its headquarters from the Town Hall to the new civic centre in the next two weeks, officials said.
Expected to cater to 16,000 people per day, it will also have waiting areas, fountains, an open-air theatre, three halls for holding MCD House and Standing Committee meetings as well as a separate media centre.