PM Modi Lays Foundation Stone Of New Parliament Building

The new construction will include multiple amenities including a large constitution hall displaying India’s democratic heritage, 384 seats in Rajya Sabha and 888 seats in the lower house, that can be increased to a capacity of 1224 during larger sessions

Raghav N

December 10, 2020

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone through a traditional bhumi pujan ceremony today for India’s new parliament complex in Delhi. The function was witnessed by several politicians, leaders as well as foreign envoys. It started at around 12.55 pm in the afternoon when the groundbreaking function took place. After that, at 1.30 pm a ‘Sarva Dharma Prarthana’ (all-faith prayer) was performed in the premises. The PM addressed the invitees at 2.20 pm.

The high-tech project estimated to cost around 850 crore rupees will be completed by October 2022. Spread over 64,500 square metres, the triangular structure will be constructed on three floors, of which 16,921 square metres will be underground. The building will include several amenities like a huge constitution hall that will display India’s democratic heritage, multiple committee rooms, dining areas, library, special access for differently abled people and ample parking space. With a capacity to seat 1224 minister together, the government’s new venture will have a seating capacity of 888 for Lok Sabha and 384 seats for the upper house. Tata Projects Limited has been entrusted with this project that is under construction right next to the current parliament.

Speaking about the design elements of the senate house, a government spokesperson said that elements of PM Modi’s Atmanirbhar initiative will come alive through a mix of India’s cultural, regional and artistic elements integrated into the plan. Technical features such as solar energy and state-of-art security mechanisms will also be a part of this endeavour.

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