Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Vanijya Bhawan, a new office complex for the Union Department of Commerce, in New Delhi on June 22, 2018.
The Bhawan, located near the India Gate, will be built on a plot of 4.33 acres, belonging to previous Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D).
While retaining the Central Vista architecture, the Vanijya Bhawan will have all modern technology-driven features. Once ready, it will accommodate about 1000 officers and staff.
• It will be a completely paperless office with state-of-the-art-facilities such as smart access control, central air-conditioning, video conferencing and completely networked systems.
• It will also be a green building with all the required certifications.
• The layout of the building has been planned so as to minimise the number of trees that would have to be cut.
• More than 56% of the 214 trees on the plot are either being left untouched or are being replanted on the same plot.
• While about 70% of the big trees have been saved, 230 new trees are being planted on the same plot, thereby ensuring an increase in tree cover on the site after construction of the new building.
The new building aims to become a symbol of India's growing economic might and the adoption and use of technology in governance.
The Department of Commerce is currently housed in Udyog Bhawan, which also houses a large number of other Government of India departments, leading to a constraint of space.
A few of its attached and subordinate offices like the Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) and Government e-Marketplace (GeM) operate from rented premises.