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New Patto complex, tallest in Goa, to have government offices

New Patto complex, tallest in Goa, to have government offices

07 Nov 2019 No comment 44 hits

PANAJI: If you thought the view from atop the Atal Setu bridge was spectacular, there may be something even better to look forward to, two years from now.
In a bid to decongest traffic in Panaji’s gridlocked arterial roads , the government has planned to move all its offices in the state capital into a mammoth 75m-tall administrative complex to be constructed at Patto, at a cost of around Rs 150 crore.
The ‘iconic’ complex will be Goa’s tallest building, and will be located conveniently close to the Kadamba bus terminus, chief minister Pramod Sawant told REPORTERS. It was former CM and Panaji MLA Manohar Parrikar’s idea to shift all government offices out of the city centre into one building, to decongest traffic.
Fitted with high-speed elevators, the lower 50m of the highrise will house 15 floors of government offices, while the upper 25m would be used as a viewing tower.
Visitors will be able to soak in a panoramic vista of Tiswadi’s greenery and waterways from the viewing tower. The top floor will accomodate an observatory for astronomy-buffs, said an officer involved in the project.
Expected to come up by 2021, the building has been planned on an area of 9,000 sqm, at the location of the old state museum, which has been demolished.
The officer pointed out that while the total height of the Atal Setu’s pylon is 70m, the building would be 5m taller. “It will relieve Panaji of some of its traffic and parking woes, as government employees and citizens would not need to enter the city with their vehicles,” he added.
He said that the authorities had drawn up a list of 14 government departments, which have been operating either from rented premises or from buildings in dilapidated condition, to be shifted into the high-rise.
The Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) will float a nationwide expression of interest (EoI) document on Friday to invite consultants to design the project.
Once the EoI is floated, architectural firms would be given one month’s time to submit their concept, and subsequently be given 15 days’ time to give their presentation.
The government will constitute a five-member jury headed by the chief minister to analyse the presentations given by different consultants. The officer said that five consultants would be finalised, of which the best will be selected for the project.

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