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New Parliament Building to be Inaugurated by PM

The project is being executed by Tata Projects Ltd at a cost of Rs 971 crore.

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The new Parliament building in India is set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The state-of-the-art building is a symbol of India’s democracy and will provide a modern and efficient space for lawmakers to conduct their business.

India is a country of diversity, democracy, and development, that is constantly evolving and transforming itself to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. One of the most visible signs of this transformation is the construction of a new parliament building in New Delhi, which will be the seat of the Parliament of India, the world’s largest democracy.

The country is set to witness a proud historic moment as the new Parliament building, which is part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, is likely to be inaugurated by the end of May 2023. The new building, which will replace the 94-year-old colonial-era structure, is designed to reflect India’s rich cultural heritage and democratic values. It will also have modern amenities and facilities to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the lawmakers.

The new parliament building is part of the Central Vista Redevelopment Project, a comprehensive plan to revamp the central area of the national capital, which includes iconic landmarks such as Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, and Rajpath. The project aims to create a modern, efficient, and sustainable urban space that reflects the aspirations and values of 1.3 billion Indians.

The new parliament building will be located adjacent to the existing parliament building, which was built by the British in 1927 and has served as the symbol of India’s independence and sovereignty since 1947. The existing building, however, has several limitations and challenges, such as inadequate space, structural issues, outdated facilities, and security concerns. Moreover, it does not reflect the diversity and vibrancy of India’s culture and heritage.

The new parliament building will address these issues and provide a spacious, secure, and state-of-the-art environment for the members of parliament and their staff. It will also showcase the rich and varied architectural traditions of India, with motifs and designs inspired by different regions and periods of Indian history.

The new parliament building will have a unique triangular shape, which represents the three branches of government: legislature, executive, and judiciary. It will have four floors and a built-up area of 65,000 square meters. It will have two chambers: the Lok Sabha (lower house) and the Rajpath (upper house). It will have a seating capacity of 888 members in the Lok Sabha chamber and 384 members in the Rajya Sabha chamber, with an option to increase it to 1,224 members for joint sessions. The chambers will also have high-quality sound systems, digital interfaces, and comfortable seats. The chambers will have a circular layout, which symbolises equality and harmony. The chambers will also have galleries for visitors and media.

The new parliament building will have several other features

  1. A grand Constitution Hall, which will display a copy of the Constitution of India and portraits of its makers.
  2. A modern library, which will house books, documents, and digital resources related to parliamentary affairs.
  3. A museum, which will showcase the history and evolution of Indian democracy.
  4. A lounge, a dining hall, a banquet hall, and other amenities for the members of parliament.
  5. A central courtyard, which will have a fountain and a garden.
  6. A rooftop terrace, which will offer a panoramic view of the Central Vista.
  7. A basement parking lot will accommodate 1,200 vehicles.

The new parliament building will also incorporate various green features

  1. Energy-efficient lighting and cooling systems.
  2. Rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling systems.
  3. Solar panels and wind turbines for renewable energy generation.
  4. Waste management and composting systems.
  5. Landscaping with native plants and trees.

The new parliament building is expected to be completed by August 2023, coinciding with the 75th anniversary of India’s independence. It will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who laid the foundation stone for the project on December 10, 2020. The project is being executed by Tata Projects Ltd at a cost of Rs 971 crore, under the supervision of the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and HCP Design Planning and Management Pvt. Ltd., the architecture firm that designed the building.

The new parliament building is not just a structure; it is a vision. It is a vision of a new India that is confident, progressive, and inclusive. It is a vision of a new India that respects its past but embraces its future. It is a vision of a new India that celebrates its democracy and empowers its people.

The new Parliament building is expected to usher in a new era of parliamentary democracy in India. It will provide a spacious and modern workspace for the legislators and enable them to serve the nation more effectively. It will also be a symbol of India’s unity in diversity and its aspirations for the future.