The Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved in principle a proposal for redevelopment of an office complex on the land vacated by Indraprastha Power Generation Limited at IP Estate here.

At he meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit it was decided that the office complex at IP Estate would be redeveloped to ensure optimum utilisation of space. Briefing the media about the decision, Ms. Dikshit said out of the land vacated by IP Power Generation Limited after it abandoned the IP Thermal Power Station, about 15 acres had been allotted to the Delhi Transport Corporation for construction of its bus depot. But since three acres for the DTC depot was proposed to be utilised for construction of the east-west corridor, the need for the redevelopment programme was felt.

Ms. Dikshit informed that there were three major components of the approved proposal prepared by Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation. She said these involve redevelopment of the Vikas Bhawan land to construct an integrated office complex, construction of an office complex within the outer envelop of the existing IP Power plant by making suitable modifications; providing facilities for bus parking in the low lying area that was earlier used for coal storage for the abandoned power plant; and development of the integrated office complex over three acres at the existing DTC depot.

The Chief Minister said the Cabinet also took another decision to launch Rs.152 crore scheme for constructing a storm water drain from Mahipalpur Chowk to Najafgarh drain to get rid of the problem of flow of storm-water into the airport area. She said earlier this storm water from Mahipalpur, Rangpuri, Rajokari, Smalkha and Kapashera villages used to flow towards Najafgarh drain through the airport area via Shahbad and Bagdola drains. This often caused disruption in proper functioning of the airport.

But with the implementation of the new scheme, the problem would be completely addressed. While Phase-I of this project has been completed, additional works are required in Phase-II for completing the entire project. The inclusion of additional work has resulted in increase in the cost of project and so the Cabinet decided to sanction a revised estimate amounting to Rs.181 crore.

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