COMPREHENSIVE CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN-PRESIDENT’S HOUSE AND PRESIDENT’S ESTATE , NEW DELHI
The grand residence of the President of India, Rashtrapati Bhawan, and the grounds and buildings attached to it, comprise 154 hectares of land at the focal point of the monumental Central Axis at the heart of New Delhi. Built as a residence for the Viceroy during British rule, it is one of the largest residences for any head of state in the world. President’s Estate requires urgent and sympathetic consideration if the site is to maintain its heritage character. It was to address this issue that in January 2013, the President’s Secretariat and CPWD commissioned INTACH to prepare a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) in two parts: Phase I to focus on the Estate and Phase II to address the issues related to the main Rashtrapati Bhawan Building. The CCMP has now been approved by all the statutory authorities regulating activities in New Delhi, and the President’s Secretariat and the CPWD have committed themselves to follow its imperatives in the future management of the Estate.