The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has awarded a ₹1,189 crore contract for the construction of Executive Enclave as a part of the Central Vista redevelopment project to Larsen and Toubro. The construction company is required to complete the work within 24 months.
The contract was awarded after detailed deliberations with stakeholders and consideration of strategic issues involved. The company was not the lowest bidder for the project when the CPWD opened bids in July. It further admitted that there was a delay in allotting the contract because of security concerns regarding the lowest bidder, Hyderabad-based DEC Infrastructure. Whereas the other two bidders, L&T and Tata Projects were already carrying out strategic projects — the construction of three buildings of the Common Central Secretariat and the new Parliament respectively, and now, L&T has been awarded the contract for the same amount as quoted by DEC.
The Executive Enclave is to be constructed on the south of South Block and would include the PMO, a conference centre named India House, the Cabinet Secretariat, and the National Security Council Secretariat.