SPREAD OVER 6.30 acres in the heart of Lucknow, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday inaugurated ‘Lok Bhavan’ — the new state secretariat, constructed at a cost of Rs 602 crore.
Lok Bhavan, situated right in front of the Vidhan Bhavan, will house both Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the chief secretary. It would be able to accommodate 1,330 officers and employees.
While Akhilesh held his first Cabinet meeting in his new office soon after the inauguration, sources said many parts of the building are still under construction.
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“It is being said that new work should be undertaken during Navratri. This office was almost ready and thus, we decided to inaugurate it today,” said Akhilesh.
Maintaining that he was happy that the building was being inaugurated by ‘Neta ji’ (Mulayam), the CM said: “I hope decisions on people’s interest will be taken in this building and samajwadis will continue to sit here.”
The new building would have three blocks — A, B and C. The ‘B’ block would be the main building and house both the chief minister and the chief secretary’s office.
Like the existing chief minister secretariat, the new Chief Minister Office too is situated on the fifth floor — the topmost floor of B block. The floor would also have conference rooms, video-conferencing rooms, Cabinet lounges, office staff rooms and room for the principal secretary to the chief minister among others. It would also have a special waiting lounge for the members of legislative assembly. The first floor of B block would have the chief secretary’s office with a 100-seat conference room.
This floor would also have offices of the civil aviation secretary and principal secretary (Appointment). While the second and third floors of the block would have rooms for section officers and additional secretaries, the fourth floor would have accommodate principal secretary, secretaries, special secretaries to the chief minister and another waiting lounge.
The basement of B block would have a 602-seat state-of-the-art auditorium, a CCTV control room, a room for principal secretary (Information) and a media hall. This block itself would have seven elevators along with a escalator.
While A block would be two-storied, C block would have seven floors. Both would have underground parking facility.
The building, the construction of which began in March 2014, would have multi-storied parking facility that would be able to accommodate over 400 vehicles.
Besides, the building would have its own 33-KVA power sub-station with three generators of 1,000-KVA each. In all, there would be 15 elevators in the campus.
Asked when the building would become functional, Principal Secretary (Information) Navneet Sehgal said: “The CM held his first Cabinet meeting here today. He will now hold meetings here. As far as shifting of offices is concerned, it would start now…”