The Government of India is all set to lay the foundation stone of the proposed new parliament building today. The new parliament building will come up meters away from the existing parliament and would be completed by 2022.
The government plans to celebrate the 75th year of India’s Independence in the new building. The project, in total, will cost around Rs 900 crores.
While the new building and its features are obviously to make it to your ears in the technology-obsessed world, but the fact the current parliament building was built back in 1921-1927 means not many know a lot about it.
So with that being said, we have scooped out some interesting facts about the Indian Parliament building, which you might not be knowing about.
1. The Indian parliament building was designed by British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker.
2. The British choose Raisina hill to built the parliament because the elevation there is higher than the rest of Delhi, through which the government tried to show its imperial domination. Some books even suggest that the government wanted the parliament to stand at an elevation higher than that of Jama Masjid.
3. The round shape of the current parliament building defines Continuity.
4. Library within the Parliament is the country’s second-largest library after the National Library is in Kolkata.
5. Handwritten copies of the constitution of India in Hindi and Agraji of the Constitution of India are preserved in the chamber filled with nitrogen gas.
6. The colour of the carpet in the Lok Sabha is green, which depicts the fact that India is an agricultural country and the people are elected from the grassroots of India.
7. Rajya Sabha’s carpet, on the other hand, is red which reflects royalty and it also shows the freedom fighters’ sacrifice.
8. The 13th office in the parliament building is of the President.
9. The subsided food available at parliament’s canteen is among the cheapest available across the country. A three-course meal is offered at Rs 61 only. You can have chicken Biryani for Rs 51.
How many of these did you know about?