On the occasion of Dhanteras on Friday, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel performed bhumi-pujan of Rajbhavan, CM House, Vidhan Sabha Speaker’s residence, Ministers’ residences, and residential premises of senior officials, to be constructed at the cost of Rs 591.75 crore in Sector-24 of Nava Raipur Atal Nagar.

Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Speaker Dr Charandas Mahant, Cabinet Ministers and special guests were present.

Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister said foundation of new capital city was laid by Sonia Gandhi in 2001, since then thousands of crores have been invested. Roads were built electricity and water supply were provided, but till date the city is waiting for its citizens.

He said that many newly-developed capital cities of various states in the country are facing the same problem. Keeping this in view, decision to relocate Chief Minister’s residence, Vidhan Sabha Speaker’s residence, Cabinet Ministers’  residences, and residences of  senior officials to Nava Raipur has been taken. Gradually, other employees will also be relocated to the new capital city and proper marketplace and hospitals will be developed there.

Baghel extended hearty wishes of Dhanteras festival to people of the state on the occasion.

Vidhan Sabha Speaker Dr Charandas Mahant said, “We are making collective efforts to live up to Chief Minister’s pledge of ‘Gadbo Nava Chhattisgarh’. We would transform the entire state for better, right from villages to new capital city.”

He said that even after 19 years of state formation, new  capital city has not been fully developed despite the investment of crores of rupees.

PWD Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu said that a team of officials has been constituted for timely completion of this project while adhering to the quality standards.

Additional Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain gave detailed  information about this residential project.

Presently, Mantralaya, Secretariat and state-level offices of various departments are   operating in Nava Raipur. Rajbhavan (Governor House) will be developed in 12.60 acres of land, including Durbar Hall and Secretariat building. Chief Minister’s residence and office will be built in 7.50 acres of land. For residence and office of Vidhan Sabha Speaker, 3.19 acres of land has been allotted. Similarly, residences-offices of ministers and leader of  opposition will be built on 1.50 acres of land. 13 such residences would be constructed. Likewise, 85 houses will be built for senior officials, each on 0.45 acres of land. Total 222 acres of land, 158 in Sector-24 and 64 in Sector-18, has been allotted for these construction works and          time-limit of 24 months has been set for completion.