National Press Centre contract signed by Press Information Bureau

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New Delhi, Mar 22 (ANI): The Press Information Bureau (PIB) on Monday signed a contract today with the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) Ltd., for the construction of a new National Press Centre in New Delhi.

The PIB Additional Director General Ira Joshi and the NBCC Chairman, Arup Roy Choudhary inked the contract to this effect.

The new National Press Centre (NPC) will be a world class press centre with state of the art press conference hall, media briefing rooms, a large work area and lounge for the press which would include editing and other professional facilities like a library.

The existing media centre at first floor of Shastri Bhawan is increasingly becoming inadequate to accommodate the growing number of press correspondents accredited to the Government of India as well as to provide them other professional facility like work room for journalists, lounge, interviewing facilities for electronic media, at par with media centres in other countries.

The work of construction has been awarded to NBCC Ltd on ready to occupy basis at a cost of Rs. 60/- crore.

The construction work is likely to commence at 7-E, Raisina Road, New Delhi in the first week of April, 2010 and would span over a period of 30 months. (ANI)

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