The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Bhupendra Patel, has accepted Gandhinagar Secretariat’s demand to make the building centrally and fully air-conditioned. Bindeshwan Desai, head of Gujarat Secretariat Section Officers’ Association, and Pratap Singh Chauhan, General Secretary of Gandhinagar Secretariat, put forward the demand to install air-conditioners throughout the office.
The nine floors of the Secretariat Block’s design is specific to the central air-conditioning system. The Gujarat Roads and Buildings department decided that air-conditioning would be available only to joint level officers in 1989. But, sadly, that hasn’t changed in 24 years.
Currently, Gandhinagar is the hottest city in Gujarat. Furthermore, an AC has not considered a luxury nowadays. The absence of an air-conditioner affects the efficiency of employees. Installing two to three coolers requires another servant to fill the water. The five-six fans in the office do not compensate for Gandhinagar’s heat.
According to the sources, the almost negligible difference in the electricity bill helped the Chief Minister. The plan has been approved and will execute soon.