Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written letter

New Delhi:  As many as 708 government bungalows in the posh Lutyens Bungalow Zone (LBZ) are considered unsafe in the event of an earthquake, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

According to an assessment made by the Central Public Works Department, these bungalows are considered structurally unsafe in the event of an earthquake, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply.

The “razing/refurbishment/replacement” of such bungalows is taken up in a phased manner, he said.

The Lutyens Bungalow Zone is named after British architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, who was commissioned to design the new imperial capital of New Delhi after being moved from Kolkata.

Residences of several prominent politicians, Union ministers and top businessmen fall in this heritage zone.

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