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Old May 6th, 2008, 07:14 AM   #1
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MINTO ROAD | Civic Centre | 101 m | 28 fl | Completed

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Civic centre: tallest in Delhi

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Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is touching new highs-literally. The 28-storeyed institutional complex in the civic centre - being constructed at Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, Minto Road - now stands 91 metres tall and is the tallest building in the Capital, according to the civic agency.

The tallest building before this was Hansalaya building at Barakhamba Road, which is 88 metres tall, while the height of Qutub Minar is 78 metres.

According to MCD officials, the 91-metre mark was reached on February 28 and building is slated to be 101 metres tall. Said an MCD official: "The civic centre's institutional complex is now the tallest building in the city.

We will soon finish the construction of the 25th floor and all 28 floors should be ready by the end of March."

The total budget for the centre, which is spread over 1.16 lakh square metres, is Rs 550 crore. It is supposed to be completed by December 2008. While the land for this project was allotted in 1983, work began only in 2005.

Once the centre is complete, the face of the surrounding areas is all set to change. Nearly 11,000 people are expected to visit the centre during peak hours every day.

Added the official: "Around 50% of the centre would be put to commercial use and 50% would house MCD offices. Art galleries, museums, a library, a banquet hall and an auditorium would be housed in the centre.

We are trying to work out whether or not we want private participation in construction or in running of these facilities." There are also plans to construct a helipad in case of emergency. Besides this, a public addressable system with a video-conferencing room will be set up.

To ensure smooth traffic flow in the area, around four underpasses and one flyover will be constructed in the surrounding areas.

A management plan for the area has been prepared for the MCD by a private company and work on it is expected to begin soon. Said an MCD official: "The tender documents have been worked out for this purpose and detailed drawings have also been made."
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Once completed. Its gonna look awesome from the top of the minaret.

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Old May 7th, 2008, 11:33 PM   #4
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Civic Centre overshoots city's tallest

At 91.5 metres, MCD's under-construction building at Minto Road stands 3.5 metres taller than Hansalaya

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The Capital reached new heights on Thursday when the under-construction Civic Centre on Minto Road surpassed the tallest building in the city - Hansalaya. The Civic Centre has reached a height of 91.5 metres, and is growing.

The Centre, which will house the headquarters of the Municipal Corpora- tion of Delhi (MCD), has surpassed Hansalaya on Barakhamba Road by 3.5 metres. Once completed in March, it will overshoot Hansalaya by 13 metres. One of the most ambitious projects of the civic body the Civic Centre will have 28 floors. The building once completed will be 101 metres from the ground level, which is much taller than Qutub Minar, which stands at 72.5 metres. Vikas Minar, which houses the headquarters of the Delhi development Authority (DDA), is among the tallest buildings in the city at a height of 54 metres.



MCD officials said the Civic Centre would also have a helipad for emergency evacuation. "The helipad will be used for evacuation of occupants in case of any emergency situation," a senior MCD official said.

"We crossed the 91-metre mark on February 28 and the construction company is in such an exhilarated mood that now it is completing a single floor in just 10 days. The construction will be over by March-end," said another senior MCD official. The Civic Centre will have five blocks housing the deliberative, public-dealing, cultural, conference and institutional-cumcommercial wings of the civic body The Centre will also have six entry and exit points. The area's traffic plan is also ready "The complex will have an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,000 people, parking space for 2,500 vehicles, a banquet hall for 500 persons, art gallery, food courts, conference hall, etc.," added the official.

The Civic Centre will be functional by December 2008 and at least 50 per cent of it will be used for commercial purposes. The rest will be occupied by offices. A Malaysian company has got the contract to construct the multi-storeyed building at a cost of Rs 550 crore. According to the first plan of the project, only 16 floors were to be constructed.
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New Delhi has several projects such as the new Civic Centre, which is currently under construction. Has it topped out yet or do we still have a few floors to go? The project is supposed to be completed in December of this year.
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Yet to be topped out I think and Dec is some time away yet.
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In one of the articles on the civic centre that was published in March, it said that the building would top out by march end. So most probably it has t/o already.
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I don't exactly know the height but it looks pretty tall. I was walking in Connaught Place in the evening and paused to see what that massive huge structure with cranes on top was, Civic Centre. Once it's done, it would look impressive from a distance...
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Old May 16th, 2008, 11:17 PM   #5
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Civic Centre of Delhi

Some figures in respect of heights of the tallest structures of Delhi are not correct. For instance, the height of Vikas Minar is not 54 metres at all. (You can't make a 23-floor high building of 54 metres only!) Similary, the height of Kutub minar is also incorrect. The Vikas Minar should be more than 70 metres tall and the height of Kutub Minar is 78 metres.
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Old May 17th, 2008, 01:27 AM   #6
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Some figures in respect of heights of the tallest structures of Delhi are not correct. For instance, the height of Vikas Minar is not 54 metres at all. (You can't make a 23-floor high building of 54 metres only!) Similary, the height of Kutub minar is also incorrect. The Vikas Minar should be more than 70 metres tall and the height of Kutub Minar is 78 metres.
Only the height of Vikas Minar is incorrect and that too horribly. According to emporis it's 82m tall. The height of Qutub Minar according to UNESCO is 72.5m which is stated right in the graphic.
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Taken on 17th May.

Construction is in full swing, very noisy and dusty. The gatekeeper said that photography isn't allowed unless one has a permit So, though I did manage to get inside the construction site, I couldn't take any pic...all I could do was click from outside.

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More close up shots.

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Good job Zhiemi! Thanks for all the effort and images of the building.
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That's huge lol.
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Old May 19th, 2008, 07:05 PM   #11
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I wish they had cut down the size of the building and made it go higher instead


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Good job Zhiemi! Thanks for all the effort and images of the building.
Thanks, IU. I think I should visit the place after about one month from now, we should see some significant changes
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great stuff zhiemi! the pics look great. thanks for the effort
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Thanks dude. Great effort there. Your snaps show its a sweet looking curvy tower. from my count, looks like they are working on 28th floor or 27th. Its about of top off.
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Good work Zhiemi - Civic Centre really does look a lot like Toronto's Nathan Philips Square U/C, but finished it will look different
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wow.....I got to admit that there wont be many better govt buildings in India at present than this...The design is simple unique and work is also on a rapid pace....
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wow.....I got to admit that there wont be many better govt buildings in India at present than this...The design is simple unique and work is also on a rapid pace....
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Great pictures! thanks a lot Zhiemi. Hope Delhi crosses the 30-floor mark at the shortest time and keep pace with other big brothers, Mumbai & Kolkata in respect of skyscrapers & highrises.
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Great pictures! thanks a lot Zhiemi. Hope Delhi crosses the 30-floor mark at the shortest time and keep pace with other big brothers, Mumbai & Kolkata in respect of skyscrapers & highrises.
Since you're counting suburbs like New Town into the equation, then you should also count Noida and Gurgaon on the Delhi side of the equation. There are tons of 20fl+ towers and many more U/C, four 30fl+ towers U/C with 2 being 45fl tall. Just incase you haven't seen, checkout the Unitech Grande project coming up in Noida.
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Since you're counting suburbs like New Town into the equation, then you should also count Noida and Gurgaon on the Delhi side of the equation. There are tons of 20fl+ towers and many more U/C, four 30fl+ towers U/C with 2 being 45fl tall. Just incase you haven't seen, checkout the Unitech Grande project coming up in Noida.
Its a pity on the part of Kolkata that it can not say that Howrah, Dumdum, Barahnagar, Dakhineshwar, Saltlake, Sodepur, Belgharia, Birati, New Barrakpur and of course New town Kolkata etc. as its part because they have their own municipalities. In that sense Kolkata airport comes under Dumdum municipality and Howrah station under Howrah. That's why they calculate the population of Kolkata still as 4.5 million whereas Kolkata metro has 14.5 million. When we say Kolkata metro then all these suburbs come in the fold of Kolkata. The actual size of Kolkata and its populaton has not increased for the past so many decades because they did not allow to take adjoining parts in its fold. As these adjoing areas already have their own municipalities, they were not merged into Kolkata. Only a decade or so ago, Jadavpur, Behala and Gardenrech were added into Kolkata municipal corporation. With an area of 187 sq. KM, Kolkata has only 3 Loksabha constituencies(Delhi 7 and Mumbai 6). But are they really out of Kolkata? If you take Kolkata by its municipal area, then it is smaller city by size and population than Chennai, Bangalore and even Hyderabad. Is it like that? Nowadays even Madhyamgram uses Kolkata pin code numbers in its physical address. But can you say the same thing about Noida and Gurgaon?

On the other hand, Delhi has still now, many villages on its fold. When Delhi was made capital of India, a large rural area and vast arid land was kept aside for its growth. It had 1450(apprx) square km as its area but the actual urbanised area was not more 400 sq km. Delhi had about 300 villages. Punajbi Bagh which was earlier called as General store, (now a centrally located area) was out of Delhi. Madipur, Shadipur, Rampura Naraina etc. still bear the name of gaon. The outskirts like Jagatpur, Rohini, Rithala, Nangloi, Mangolpuri, Najafgarh, Saiyadgaon, Pappankalan(Dwarka), Madangir, Saket, Mehrauli,Chhatarpur, Badarpur etc. etc. all were distant villages 30-35 years back. But you can not say that about Kolkata. There were no villages around Kolkata except few pockets in the south. So there was no place to grow.

I am aware about the Unitech Grande which is coming up on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. When completed it will surpass the uniworld city (in new town kolkata) by its sheer and mammoth size.

I am also attached to and love Delhi. So I will be also happy to see skyscrapers dotting on the Delhi metro area which is nowadays called NCR

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