Newly built Karnataka Bhavan leaking

Water can be seen dripping from the roof on fourth floor where CMs suite is located

The annexe, constructed to provide accommodation to VIPs of the State government, inaugurated by Yedyurappa himself on August 19, is proving to be another example of how poorly constructed government building are.

There are several spots in the new building, particularly inside the walls, which have discolouration despite being freshly painted due to water seepage from the roof. From central air-condition ducts, water trickles out instead of cool air. Leakage from the roof is seen more on the fourth floor of the building where the CM’s suite is located.
“When Delhi witnessed heavy rain recently, water was gushing into some of the rooms including the CM’s opulent bullet proof suite,” said an employee of the Bhavan.

Though, the KB authorities had earlier decided to allot rooms in this building to the guests from September 1, it was indefinitely postponed due to the leakage problem. “The repair works have started. Only after the problems are solved will the rooms be allotted to guests,” said the another official from the Bhavan on condition of anonymity.
The building was constructed in the Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave at a cost of Rs 36.25 crore. The original estimate was Rs 13 crore when construction began in August 2007.

The lavish new KB, built mainly to accommodate VIPs visiting Delhi from Bangalore, boasts of high security surveillance systems, ultra-modern kitchens, luxurious interiors, fire-fighting systems, glass-encased elevators, two dinning halls (one exclusively for the VIPs), 24 guest rooms and 10 VIP rooms. Interestingly, the CM has spent two nights in his newly constructed room immediately after the inauguration. But now the workers are engaged in repairing his rooms and painting walls. “It is common where central AC is installed. All problems are being addressed,” officials said.

Interestingly, these problems have occurred despite the involvement of several teams of senior engineers from PWD from Bangalore. “At every stage the PWD engineers have monitored and certified. Besides, two engineers from the PWD are stationed at Delhi to keep a tab on the quality of construction,” the official said.

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