Construction of new Indian chancery complex begins

Lyna Mohamad

The High Commission of India in Brunei Darussalam will have a new chancery when the construction on a two-acre plot of land at Diplomatic Enclave, Jalan Kebangsaan completes next year.

Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof was the guest of honour at the ground-breaking ceremony yesterday.

Another ground breaking ceremony was also held for the new residence of High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam at Simpang 336, in Jalan Kebangsaan.

High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar said construction work for the two projects started on December 17 last year with the levelling of the land expected to be completed by middle of June next year.

The ceremony saw participation from Indian community members and saw prayers by religious representatives of the Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Christian communities.

The new chancery complex features a building housing the offices for the high commissioner and other officers and a separate Consular Section Hall for visa applicants and other consular services.

There will be a multi-purpose hall with a capacity for almost 200 people for functions including cultural, academic and commercial events. Another two buildings will be constructed to accommodate residences of officers and staff of the high commission.

The new residence of the high commissioner is a two-storey building on a 0.99-acre plot of land.

A special feature of both projects will be the use of red sandstone.

Minister of Foreign Affairs II Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof and High Commissioner of India to Brunei Darussalam Ajaneesh Kumar during the groundbreaking ceremony. PHOTO: LYNA MOHAMAD