New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone of new Army HQ (headquarters) 'Thal Sena Bhawan' at Delhi Cantt on Friday. Addressing soldiers on the occasion, Singh said that all the departments of the Army, as well as the Department of Military Affairs, will come under one roof and collectively contribute towards national security, besides effectively dealing with defence-related issues.
He added that the Army HQ will play a significant role in saving valuable resources and contribute to administrative efficiency. The minister termed the foundation stone of the new building as a "source of inspiration that will remind the people of the country about the sacrifices made by our soldiers."
Singh credited the Armed Forces personnel for making an invaluable contribution towards nation-building, saying that India has emerged as one of the most powerful nations due to the sacrifices made by the soldiers. He hoped that the new Army HQ will not just be an edifice of Army personnel and civilian defence staff, but will inspire people to achieve new goals with renewed passion and enthusiasm.
The minister also underlined the importance of greater integration among the Armed Forces, noting that the appointment of the Chief of Defence Staff and creation of the Department of Military Affairs are some of the important steps in that direction. He expressed confidence that this integration will help in increasing the military capabilities of the country and bring more synergy in handling defence-related issues.
The new building, proposed in an area of 39 acres, has been conceptualised as a multi-storey green building, adopting Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) norms. Approximately 7.5 lakh square metres of area will be constructed to house the office complex and parking.
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The building, expected to be constructed in five years, will house offices, residential complex for security personnel with basic amenities. More than 1,700 officers both military and civilian and 1,300 sub-staff will be accommodated in the new building.
Presently, Army Headquarters is spread over several pockets, ie South Block, Sena Bhawan, Hutments Area, RK Puram, Shankar Vihar and other places.