Prime minister Narendra Modi On 10 December will lay the foundation stone of the new Parliament House. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has informed about this on Saturday.
The new parliament building will be larger than the existing building. In addition to being earthquake-resistant, large Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha chambers, grand Constitution Hall and paperless offices will be built in it.
By when will the new parliament building be ready?
Lok Sabha Speaker Birla said that the new Parliament House is expected to be ready by the year 2022. The Parliamentary session will begin in the new building thereafter, due to its preparation on the 75th anniversary of independence of the country in 2022.
Birla said that 2,000 people are directly and around 9,000 indirectly involved in the construction work of the building. It will be made with indigenous technology. In such a case, this would be a unique example of “self-reliant India”.
What will be the cost for the construction of the new Parliament House?
Lok Sabha Speaker Birla said that the contract for the construction of the new parliament building has been awarded to Tata Projects Limited for Rs 861.90 crore under the Central Vista Redevelopment Project in September this year.
He informed that the estimated cost of the complete construction of the building will be Rs 971 crore. The design of the new building has been designed by HPC Design, Planning and Management Private Limited. It is considered a great design.
New building will be built near old building – Birla
Lok Sabha Speaker Birla said that the new Parliament House will be constructed on 64,500 square meters of land in the same place as the old Parliament House. The new building will have a basement (basement), ground floor, first and second floors.
The height of the new building will be kept equal to the height of the old building. This will show symmetry in both the buildings.
He also said that the exterior landscape of the new building will be prepared like the old building.
The new building will have a seating capacity of more than 1,000 MPs
The Lok Sabha Speaker said that the new Parliament House will have a seating capacity of 1,224 MPs. There are 888 more in the Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha 384 MPs will be able to sit together in the hall.
He said that the decision to increase the sitting capacity in the new building has been taken in view of the increasing number of MPs in the future.
At present, there are 543 MPs for the Lok Sabha and 245 for the Rajya Sabha. As such, the new building has been upgraded.
The new building will have separate and paperless offices for all MPs – Birla
Lok Sabha Speaker Birla informed that separate offices will be created for all MPs in the new Parliament House. All offices will be equipped with latest digital interfaces. This will allow MPs to work in a paperless office.
The new building will house a lounge, a library, several committee rooms, canteen areas and ample parking space for MPs as well as a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage.
What will happen to the existing Parliament House?
Lok Sabha Speaker Birla said that the existing Parliament House will be preserved as archaeological property.
Explain that the foundation stone of the existing Parliament House was laid on 12 February 1921 and its inauguration ceremony was held on 18 January 1927. It cost 83 lakhs to prepare the Parliament House during that time.
The building was designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, responsible for the planning and construction of New Delhi.