RSS prepares for a new 10-storey office complex

Foundation stone to be laid on Vijayadashami, Keshav Kunj buildings to be torn down

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Published:June 22, 2014 2:03 am
RSS office at Keshav Kunj is a cluster of low buildings spread over 2.5 acres in Delhi’s Jhandewalan. (Prem Nath Pandey) RSS office at Keshav Kunj is a cluster of low buildings spread over 2.5 acres in Delhi’s Jhandewalan. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Its design has been cleared, requisite approvals from municipal authorities have been in place for more than a year, and come October 3, Vijayadashami day, the RSS plans to mark its 89th anniversary by laying the foundation stone for a new 10-storey headquarters that will replace its current office in Jhandewalan in the capital.

The cluster of low buildings spread over 2.5 acres in Keshav Kunj (named after founder Keshav Baliram Hedgewar) that have housed the RSS head office for over five decades will be torn down.

The Indian Express has learnt that the process has begun for occupants to move to temporary accommodation for an estimated three years while the new office is built. A school on the premises has been vacated to house RSS office-bearers for the time being.

The new complex will have parking space for 400 cars. A senior RSS pracharak said: “Planning has been on for many years. Now almost all preparations are done. The design is approved, and once all occupants move, we will start construction.”

Sources said that for years, Sah-sarkaryavah Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi has been discussing the need for more office space on the premises. Nitin Gadkari, during his stint as BJP president, was said to have advised the Sangh to “reconstruct” the office. The RSS deputed one of its pracharaks, Ravindra, to look after construction-related work.

Sources said the new office would accommodate all RSS units currently housed in Keshav Kunj. These include publications Panchajanya and Organiser, along with Suruchi Prakashan, Sanskrit Bharati, Seva Bharati, Bharati Itihaas Sankalan Samiti, and the RSS’s international affairs wing.

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    Hari Gupta
    Nov 3, 2014 at 11:54 am
    Something to laugh. See the pathetic condition of works by Delhi/Central Govt. Every step there is danger of open wires. Broken foot path, pillar can come down at any time. These photos are less then 500 meters of Keshav Kunj, today's POWER Centre Point. I have 20 more photos. Hari 9953945678.
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      Hari Gupta
      Nov 3, 2014 at 11:54 am
      Something to laugh. See the pathetic condition of works by Delhi/Central Govt. Every step there is danger of open wires. Broken foot path, pillar can come down at any time. These photos are less then 500 meters of Keshav Kunj, today's POWER Centre Point. I have 20 more photos. Hari 9953945678.
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        $109284115
        Jun 25, 2014 at 2:45 am
        why do they need congress acceptance?
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          PMMKRISHNA
          Jun 23, 2014 at 5:17 am
          RSS MUST GET ITS SHARE OF IMPORTANCE. HEADQUARTERS IN A MODERN COMPLEX IS LONG OVERDUE. EVEN THE CONGRESS ACCEPTED THAT FACT.
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            SK
            Jun 22, 2014 at 4:54 am
            Should have it's own solar panels, a roof top 10kW wind mill and a C&C room.
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