New Delhi, Jan 18: A government staff canteen in Sardar Patel Bhawan is being demolished to construct new office of Union Minister Vijay Goel.
According to the Indian Express report, the staff canteen had been revamped last year at a cost of Rs 52 lakh and is now being done up at a cost of around Rs 1.09 crore. The bill being footed by the central government in converting the five-storey building into a ministerial chamber for the BJP leader.
Goel, who was Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs till September 2017, took charge as the minister of state for statistics and programme implementation five months ago.
A senior official of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) said ” Most of the work already completed was done on the advice of the Minister’s personal staff. The Minister has suggested some more modifications and alterations according to Vaastu. To comply with the latest suggestions, we may need some more money for which we will send estimates soon”.
He also informed the Indian Express that, Goel inspected construction work at his new office, on the fifth floor, last week and on Tuesday.
Detailing about some of the modifications, “The toughened glass round table with single stainless steel frame is to be required instead of existing conference table; existing conference table, conference chair and Minister’s chair has to be replaced; existing window roller blinds should be replaced and existing window films should be removed in Minister’s room; existing corridor doors should be replaced or modified as per new wooden door”, citing a CPWD note, dated January 12, 2018 the Indian Express quoted.
The CPWD officials have stated that Rs 71 lakh had been sanctioned for civil, electrical and furnishing work. “The minister’s office needs LED TV, Internet and telephone facilities for which we have sought sanction for another Rs 39 lakh”.
However, Speaking to the Indian Express Goel, claimed he was “not aware” that the project would cost over Rs 1 crore or that the staff canteen had been razed for his new office.