New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues moved into his newly-built plush four-storey office building.

After inaugurating the 'Swarnim Sankul-1', built reportedly at a cost of Rs 150 crore, the Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues officially moved into the office on Monday afternoon.

Spread over an area of 10,700 square metres, the four-storey building houses a room for cabinet meetings, a data centre and a work space for 1,000 employees. Apart from staff offices, it has minister's chambers, administrative office and a waiting lounge. The centrally air-conditioned building has a gate and lift dedicated only to the Chief Minister. Given the security concerns, bullet proof glasses have been used for its windows and doors. His cabin is double the size of those allocated to his cabinet colleagues and has a different seating arrangement.

The Chief Minister moved into his office on the third floor while rest of the ministers have offices on the second floor of the same block. According to reports, the Chief Minister sat in his third-floor office of Swarnim Sankul-1 going through files. After the function, Modi presided over the first meeting of his cabinet.

The new office complex was completed in about a year's time. It is located next to the old CM office on the Sachivalaya campus.

Earlier in the day, Modi, who is observing a fast of Navratris, had gone to the temple of Ambaji in north Gujarat, where he offered prayers on the fifth day of his fast.

"It is my good fortune to visit this place in the Navratris and pray before the mother for the well being of the state and its people," Modi said in Ambaji.

The Rs 150 crore-Swarnim Sankul-I, is the first structure in the campus with a balcony that gives him the view of Mahatma Mandir, a convention and memorial inspired from life and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi.


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