"A lit up Raisina Hills is now going to be a permanent feature during evening hours," reveals an officer who is associated with this project.
According to him, to start with, the lights have started functioning at the Prime Minister's Office and the South Block. However, work is still in progress in the North block, which houses Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Finance and Rashtrapati Bhavan. "All three buildings would be lit for few hours every day," the officer adds.
The Ministry of Urban Affairs and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) have worked on this project for almost a year now.
Sources in the Government told NDTV that a one-time capital expenditure in the entire project would come up to over 30 crores.
"The cost for this is not much as energy efficient LED lights have been installed. And for these only a minimum maintenance cost is going to be required. The lighting will make these buildings a must visit sight on a tourists itinerary," explains one ministry official.
All over the world, historic sites like London's Big Ben, Paris' Eiffel Tower, London Bridge, Sydney Opera House, and many others light up during evening hours.
Currently, the area is lit up only on specific occasions such as Republic Day, Independence Day and Diwali.