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The Department of State Breaks Ground on New U.S. Embassy Compound in New Delhi, India

Media Note from the Office of the Spokesperson

“Highlighting the deepening ties of friendship that undergird the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of India Kenneth I. Juster, the Government of India’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, broke ground today for a new chancery building for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.

The new design will provide a secure and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in New Delhi. WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism of New York is the architect and B.L Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama, is the general contractor. As a result of this project, an estimated $200 million will be invested in the local economy and an estimated 800 Indian workers will be employed at the peak of construction activities.

The U.S. Embassy will remain on the existing 28-acre site in New Delhi’s diplomatic enclave — the Chanakyapuri neighborhood — next to the original, Edward Durrell Stone-designed chancery building listed on the Secretary’s Register of Culturally Significant Properties. The new multi-building campus will bridge the past and the present while providing a modern chancery and office annex, staff residences, and support facilities. The initial construction phase includes the new buildings and a water-efficient, weather-resilient landscape. Future plans include a renovation of the original chancery building. This project will provide a secure, functional, sustainable, and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in India.”

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