PM Modi lays foundation stone of new Parliament building in Delhi

Prime News, National, New Delhi, December 10:- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (December 10) laid the foundation stone of a new Parliament building at Sansad Marg here.

The ‘bhoomi pujan’ event was attended by Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan Tata, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh and various religious leaders. Tata Projects Ltd has been given the contract for the project.

The new Parliament building will be modern, state-of-the-art and energy efficient, with highly non-obtrusive security facilities to be built as a triangular shaped building, adjacent to the present Parliament.

The building is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore. The revamp, which was announced last year, envisages a new triangular Parliament building, with seating capacity for 900 to 1,200 Members of Parliament. It will have an area of 64,500 square metres.

The new building will have an area of 64,500 square metres. The new building will also have a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space. In the new building, the Lok Sabha chamber will have a seating capacity for 888 members, while Rajya Sabha will have 384 seats for members. The Lok Sabha chamber will have an option to increase its sitting capacity to 1,224 members during joint sessions.

The existing Parliament building will be conserved as it is an archaeological asset of the country. The existing building is a British-era structure, designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker who were responsible for planning and construction of New Delhi. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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