NEW DELHI: Infrastructure and construction, Larsen and Toubro (L&T) are likely to bag the project to construct the first three office buildings along the Rajpath, which are part of the Central Vista Redevelopment Plan. The company has quoted the lowest bid at Rs 3,142 crore, which is nearly 3.5% less than the government’s bid price of Rs 3,455 crore. The two other qualified bidders – Nagarjuna Construction Company (NCC) Ltd and Tata Projects Ltd – have quoted more than the government bid price. These three buildings, each with the capacity to accommodate about 6,000 government employees, will come up on the plot where IGNCA was earlier located. The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has set a tight deadline of two-and-half years for the completion of these buildings. The agency has also floated the tender for construction of a low-rise Vice-President Enclave close to North Block. While there was speculation that the Tata Projects may quote the lowest considering it’s already constructing the New Parliament Building where it has deployed a huge number of men and machinery, the company’s bid price was Rs 3,546 crore, which is nearly 9% more than the government’s estimated project cost. The second-lowest bidder NCC quoted Rs 3,318 crore, which is 1.9% more than the estimated cost. The successful bidder will be responsible for the demolition of the structures at the current site, construction of the buildings and their maintenance for five years as well. As a part of the massive Central Vista Redevelopment plan, the government has proposed the construction of a Common Central Secretariat of 10 buildings to accommodate all ministries and a conference facility along Rajpath

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