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Swanky low-rises coming up for MPs in place of current 428 flats in Lutyens zone

Available: A three-bedroom flat with modular kitchen, granite flooring, central air-conditioning, dedicated basement parking and a servantís room. Also, comes with an option of duplex flat. All flats have a view of Rashtrapati Bhavan. Yes, this is where our members of Parliament will live.

The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the prime construction agency of the Centre, is all set to demolish in phases the 428 MP flats, built 60 years ago, in North and South Avenues to give way to swanky low-rise buildings.

In the works since 2010, the plans for new flats for the parliamentarians have received all clearances. Secretary (urban development) Rajiv Gauba told ET, "Since the flats are in Lutyens Bungalow Zone, we needed clearances for the present design. We have received all clearances now and the plans should roll out soon."

According to CPWD sources, the agency had planned a formal rollout of the project with a foundation stone laying exercise. However, with model code of conduct in place ahead of April municipal elections, the ceremony has been postponed.

The plan to provide modern flats to MPs is six years old. It was conceived in 2011 and the construction had to begin in 2012. However, the House committee of Rajya Sabha, which oversees accommodation of MPs, had a problem with the design. The matter really hinged on whether the servant quarter should be attached or not.

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