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Raisina Hill (Rāyasīnā Pahāṛī), often used as a metonym for the seat of the Government of India, is an area of New Delhi, housing India's most important government buildings, including Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India and the Secretariat building housing the Prime Minister's Office and several other important ministries. It is surrounded by other important buildings and structures, including the Parliament of India, Rajpath and India Gate . The term "Raisina Hill" was coined following acquisition of land from 300 families from local villages. Land was acquired under the "1894 Land Acquisition Act" to begin the construction of the Viceroy's House. After independence it was turned over into the permanent residence of President of Indian Republic.
The hill is a slightly elevated portion 266 m (873 ft) high, about 18 m (59 ft) higher than the surrounding area.
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