Hi-tech houses for MPs at South & North Avenue

Hi-tech houses for MPs at South & North Avenue

Estimated to cost around Rs 55 lakh per house, the new type VI houses will have digitally-controlled door system, a first of its kind for MPs in Lutyen's zone.
Currently there are 356 MPs staying in North Avenue (193) and South Avenue (163).

"As per the redevelopment plan, there will be total 414 Type VI houses at North Avenue and South Avenue," said a senior Urban Development Ministry official adding "the new blocks will be able to accommodate 58 more MPs."
Constructed around 80 years ago, the maintenance of these houses has become difficult.

"There are problems of seepages in almost all rooms and buildings are in bad shape. There are many alterations and additions in the existing structure as per the requirement of MPs. It was incurring more expenditure on account of maintenance," the official said.
Garages and servant quarters are also situated in a scattered way in North and South Avenue.

The new houses with modern facilities will be constructed in phases after demolishing the existing houses.

There will be 40 new blocks in North Avenue and 37 new blocks in South Avenue in the total 27.4 acre land in Lutyen's Delhi. To enhance the security system, CCTVs will be set up and the entry and exit will be equipped with access-controlled system. "Currently there is no such security system in North Avenue and South Avenue and MPs have demanded for strengthening the security as there are many theft cases reported in the area," said the official.

Designed by CPWD architects, the new Type VI houses will have four-bed rooms, attached toilets with each bed room, kitchen, office-cum-study, drawing and dining.

The design is being done in such a way that the tree-studded character of Lutyen's zone is kept intact and the height of the three-storey building will not be exceeding the tree's height.

"Though these new houses will have modern facilities, the design is in sync with the adjoining buildings," he said. There will also be community halls, CGHS dispensary, canteen besides garages and servant quarters.

After getting the approval of the Delhi Urban Art Commission, the design of the new Type VI houses will be sent to PMO for final approval for starting the construction of the new houses.

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