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New Delhi, February 21, 2020
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone of "Thal Sena Bhawan", the new Army Headquarters, at Delhi Cantonment here today.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said 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.
The new building will play a significant role in saving valuable resources and contribute to administrative efficiency. He termed the foundation stone laying of the new building as a “source of inspiration that will remind the people of the country about the sacrifices made by our soldiers.”
Rajnath 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 expressed the hope that the new building will not just be an edifice of Army personnel and civilian defence staff, but will inspire the people to achieve new goals with renewed passion and enthusiasm.
He also underlined the importance of greater joint working and integration among the Armed Forces, noting that the appointment of Chief of the Defence Staff and creation of the Department of Military Affairs were some of the important steps in that direction. He expressed confidence that this jointness 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 meters of the area will be constructed to house the office complex and parking.
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 & civilian and 1,300 sub staff will be accommodated in the new building.
At present, the Army Headquarters is spread over several places in the capital including South Block, Sena Bhawan, R K Puram and Shankar Vihar.