Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi laid
the foundation stone of VanijyaBhawan, a new office complex for the Commerce
Department of the Government of India, on June, 22 June . Located near India Gate, it is being built on
a plot of 4.33 acres, belonging to erstwhile Directorate General of Supplies
and Disposals (DGS&D), at the junction of Akbar and Man Singh Roads.
Minister expressed confidence that the building will be completed well within
the stipulated time. He emphasized that this would be in keeping with the
spirit of New India, and moving away from old practices, under which important
building projects, even in the Capital, had been inordinately delayed. In this
context, he mentioned the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, the Dr. Ambedkar
National Memorial, the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra and the new office building for
the Central Information Commission.
Strictly conforming to Central Vista
norms, the building has an area of 19, 233.745 sq. meters. It will accommodate about 1000 officers and
staff. While retaining the Central Vista
architecture, the VanijyaBhawan will have all modern technology driven
features. It will be a completely paperless office with state of the art
facilities such as smart access control, central air-conditioning, video
conferencing, and completely networked systems.The building is also
significantly a green building with all required certifications
Commerce ministry is currently located at
the congested Udyog bhavan where it has to share space with industries
The layout of the building has been
planned so as to minimise the number of trees that would have to be cut. More
than 56% of the 214 trees on the plot are either being left untouched or are
being replanted on the same plot. About 70% of the big trees have been saved.
230 new trees are also being planted on the same plot, thereby ensuring that
tree cover on the site would increase after construction of the new building.
The new building will be a symbol of not
only India’s growing economic might but also the adoption and use of technology
in governance in India. The manner, in which public procurement in India has
been transformed by Government e-Marketplace (GeM), is an exemplary use of
information technology by the Department of Commerce.
With the addition of new responsibilities
like Integrated Logistics Sector Development to its already wide portfolio
including the formulation, implementation, monitoring and review of the
country’s foreign trade policy, work relating to multilateral and bilateral
commercial relations, Special Economic Zones, state trading and export
promotion and trade facilitation, the role of the Department of Commerce will become
even more important for the economic growth of the country.
The Department of Commerce is currently
housed in UdyogBhawan which also houses a large number of other Government of
India departments leading to constraint of space. A few of its attached and
subordinate offices like the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) and
Government e-Marketplace (GeM) are operating from rented premises.