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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Defence Offices Complexes at Kasturba Gandhi Marg and Africa Avenue in New Delhi on September 16, 2021. He also visited the Defence Office Complex at Africa Avenue and interacted with Army, Navy, Air Force, and Civilian Officers.

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that in today’s inauguration of complexes, India has taken another step in developing the nation’s capital according to needs and aspirations of a new India in the 75th year of India’s independence. He lamented the fact that for a very long time the defence related work was being conducted from hutments constructed during the second World War which were made keeping in mind horse stable and barracks needs. “This new defence office complex will strengthen the efforts of making the working of our defence forces convenient and effective,” he said, according to a PIB release.

The Prime Minister said these modern offices built at KG Marg and Africa Avenue will go a long way in effectively carrying out all the work related to the security of the nation. This is a big step towards the construction of a modern defense enclave in the capital, Modi said. He appreciated the inclusion of attractive artefacts by Indian artists in the complexes as symbols of AaatmNirbhar Bharat. “The complexes reflect the modern form of diversity of our culture while preserving the vitality of Delhi and environment,” he said.

The Prime Minister remarked when we talk about the capital, it is not just a city. The capital of any country is a symbol of the thinking, determination, strength, and culture of that country. India is the mother of democracy. Therefore, the capital of India should be such, in which there are people in the center.

Modi stressed the role of modern infrastructure in the government’s focus on ease of living and ease of doing business. “The ongoing construction work of Central Vista is going on with this thought only,” he said . Enumerating the efforts of new constructions as per the aspirations of the capital, Modi said that many constructions like residences for people’s representatives, efforts to preserve Baba Saheb Ambedakar’s memories,, many bhawans, memorials for our martyrs are enhancing the glory of the capital today.

The PM said the work of the Defense Office Complex which was to be completed in 24 months, has been completed in a record time of just 12 months. That too when all the other challenges ranging from labour were to the fore in the circumstances created by Corona. Hundreds of workers got employment in this project during the Corona period. Modi credited this to a new thinking and approach in the government’s functioning. “ When policies and intentions are clear, will power is strong and efforts honest, everything is possible,” said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said that these defence office complexes are the manifestation of changing work culture and priorities of the government. Optimal and proper use of available land with various departments of the government is one such priority, he said. Modi informed that these defence office complexes are constructed in 13 acre land parcels unlike earlier times when five times more land was used for similar complexes.