23 October 2007
Massive Shortage of Govt office Accomodation
There is a net shortage of 25.90 lakh sq feet of government office accommodation in Delhi alone and 20.12 lakh sq ft in other major cities, according to a report prepared by the Urban Development Ministry.
In Kolkata, the demand for government office accommodation is 20,74,653 sq ft but the availability is only 13,79,402 sq ft. Similarly at Bangalore the demand for office is 5,31,802 sq ft but the availability is 1,71,697 sq ft as on December 31, 2005.
According to a senior Urban Development Ministry official, "Apart from these cities there is also massive shortage of government office accommodation at Mumbai (1,70,035 sq ft), Chennai (2,14,366 sq ft), Thiruvanathapuram (1.07,600 sq ft) and Bhopal (91,43,200 sq ft)."
However, Faridabad and Ghaziabad have no shortage of government office accommodation while Agra and Cochin have a surplus of 8,157 sq ft and 671 sq ft respectively, as per the report.
Though the government has sanctioned construction of new offices at various places, the shortage will remain, said the official.
The ministry is taking up four projects for office accommodation in the capital at INA complex, Pushp Vihar, Deen Dayal Upadhaya Marg and Shahdara.
"Though the Urban Development Ministry is making efforts to meet the demands for office accommodation in Delhi and other areas, there is a need for changing the policy," Mohd Salim, chairman of the Standing Committee on Urban Development told.