In an attempt to meet the shortage of 22 lakh sq ft office space in the national capital, the Union Government is contemplating to build a huge office complex stretching over an area of 10 acres in the Lutyens' Bungalow Zone in the heart of Delhi. A proposal in this connection has reportedly been mooted by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) after the new government took over the reins at the Centre, said official sources, claiming that the new complex has been aimed at bringing all wings of every ministry or department, currently scattered across the capital, under one roof ensuring an efficient delivery and better intradepartmental coordination. As of now, most of the wings of these ministries are operating from rental accommodations and they have been demanding more space to accommodate their work force.
They said that in score of cases, the estate department of urban development ministry has allocated space to central ministry offices in state government properties such as J&K House, Bikaner House and Jeevan Bharti building in Connaught Place. The Central Public Works Department (PWD) has sufficient space in its possession in south Delhi areas, where such an office complex can be built but the government is not keen to set up its offices in scattered manner because such a move will adversely impact the overall efficiency and the functioning of the government. The zone is suitable because most ministries and departments are headquartered in and around LBZ area and the location of these offices in the central part of the capital becomes convenient for public and other stakeholders, they added.