The Government of India has earlier proposed a plan to construct a new parliament building, closer to the existing one, and PM Modi is all set to lay the foundation stone of the same on December 10.
Making this announcement at a press conference Saturday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, “We started the journey of independent India in the old building, and when we complete 75 years, we will have the session of both Houses in the new Parliament building… It will not be a building of bricks and stones, it will be the fulfilment of the dreams of 130 crore people.”
The building has been scheduled for completion by 2022 with the Lok Sabha speaker excited to conduct new Parliament sessions in the new building.
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The fact that it is a government building means it would be one of a kind and in this post, we would look into the features that the ‘one of the kind building’ would entail. Have a look:
The new parliament building will be constructed at a cost of ₹861.90 crores. The construction will involve 2,000 people directly and 9,000 people indirectly.
Earlier, TATA Group had won the bid to construct the building.
In size, the project will span on 64,500 square metres of land. The building, of course, will be earthquake resistant.
The old parliament building, for the unknown, was designed by British architects, Herbert Baker and Edward Lutyens.
Also, a new building, adjacent to the new parliament building, is also a part of the plan. The former would accommodate MPs and would be connected by the latter by an underpass.
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Further, provisions will be made for smart displays, biometrics for ease of voting, digital language interpretation or translation systems, and recording infrastructure to produce real-time metadata and programmable microphones.
The new parliament will have a seating capacity for up to 888 in the Lok Sabha chamber and 384 seats in the Rajya Sabha chamber.
All MPs will have a separate office in the new building, which would entail digital interfaces. The new building will have a lounge, library, Constitution Hall, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.
Recently, the first pictures of the building were released that show the national emblem of India sitting atop the roof of the new building.
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The whole construction is part of the government’s Central Vista reconstruction plan.
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The Central Vista in New Delhi houses iconic buildings including the Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Prime Minister’s official residence, and the India Gate.