CBI’s swanky new office has gym, cafeteria (With images)April 30th, 2011 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Two separate gymnasiums for men and women, a sprawling swanky cafeteria, modern communication technology and much more - welcome to the imposing 11-storeyd green building housing the new main office of India’s premier probe agency.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters, a state-of-the-art structure at CGO Complex in Lodhi Road, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday when he also awarded police medals to some officers.
The new building, constructed at a cost of whopping Rs.186 crore, has come up on over 7,000 sq metres land.
Made of energy efficient toughened glass and steel, the distinctive architectural style makes it look like a modern shopping mall from the outside.
But once you step inside, a spacious lobby welcomes you to open offices fitted with smart modular work-stations in a manner that maximizes natural light in the building.
CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said it has been “designed to suit the functional requirements and work-flow pattern of this highly specialized investigation force”. It brings under one roof all Delhi-based branches of the CBI, which is equivalent of the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The building, constructed by the state-owned National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd in 36 months, “aims at promoting functional efficiency and team work” with every branch being allocated a separate floor, said Mishra.
It has modern communication systems, advanced electronic maintenance of records, fitted storage space and computerised access control with provisions for add-on facility for new technology.
Interrogation rooms, lock-ups, dormitories and conference halls are also on various floors.
And the office block is not only for work, work and work only. To encourage staff to take breaks and move away from the mundane work desk, the building has a large cafeteria, which can accommodate 500 people at a time.
The staff can also step into gyms, equipped with modern gymming machines. This is in keeping with the Western idea that going to the gym during a break from work improves concentration, productivity and ability to cope with stress.
A terrace garden is another attraction in the building.
Lack of parking space is a common problem in the capital but not for the CBI staff or people visiting the office. A double-level basement parking can accommodate about 500 vehicles.
For journalists there is a well-designed briefing room and media lounge.
There is also a gallery showcasing the history and major accomplishments of the agency.
“All this makes the building stand proud in the heart of the national capital,” said Mishra.
- Raja being detained in office complex - Feb 08, 2011
- CBI searches bureaucrat's house in graft case - Nov 26, 2011
- Bring to book quickly all those guilty, Manmohan Singh to CBI (Lead) - Apr 30, 2011
- Defence land scam: CBI raids in Srinagar, Jammu, Patna - May 11, 2012
- CBI withdraws Most Wanted list from website - May 20, 2011
- Aarushi's mother to be arrested? (Lead) - Apr 11, 2012
- More skeletons may tumble out of CWG closet (Year after CWG) - Sep 29, 2011
- CBI admits goof-up, action against three for terror list error - May 20, 2011
- CBI facing shortfall of officers: Director - Mar 23, 2012
- Six arrested in CWG road lighting scam - Jun 10, 2011
- Essar CEO quizzed by CBI, Khaitan Group members summoned (Lead, superseding earlier story) - May 13, 2011
- Essar CEO, Khaitan Group members quizzed by CBI - May 12, 2011
- CBI arrests four for kidnapping two businessmen - Nov 28, 2011
- Kalmadi in CBI net for CWG graft (Intro Roundup) - Apr 25, 2011
- 2G: Raids at Airtel, Vodafone offices after CBI files new case (Second Lead) - Nov 19, 2011
Tags: architectural style, central bureau of investigation, conference halls, construction corporation, electronic maintenance, federal bureau of investigation, flow pattern, functional efficiency, functional requirements, interrogation rooms, investigation fbi, manmohan singh, modern communication technology, modern shopping, mundane work, prime minister manmohan, prime minister manmohan singh, spacious lobby, whopping rs, work desk