Rashtrapati Bhavan(Hindi for President House) is the official home of the President of India. It may refer to only the mansion (the 340-room main building) that has the President's official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices; it may also refer to the entire 130 hectare (320 acre) President Estate that additionally includes huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls.
When the plan for a new city New Delhi adjacent to and south of Old Delhi was developed in the beginning of the 20th century, the Governor-General's House was given an enormous size and prominent position. About 4,000 acres of land was acquired to begin the construction of the Viceroy's House and adjacent Central Secretariat between 1911 and 1916 by relocating Raisina and Malcha villages that existed there and their 300 families under the 1894 Land Acquisition Act.
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