PM Modi will lay the foundation stone for the new Parliament building on December 10. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has forwarded a formal invitation to Prime Minister Modi. Furthermore, an invitation for the foundation stone laying commemoration has been extended to every political party. The ceremony, to be held on December 10, will observe all COVID-related measures. According to rules, the speaker of the lower house of Parliament is also the manager of the new Parliament building.
The 64,500 square meters new building will substitute the 93-year old current Parliament house. And the computed cost that the treasury would spend on this project is Rs 971 crore. It will be inaugurated in 2022, which also designates India’s 75th year of independence. “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,” Birla said hither announcing specifications of the newly planned building.
Besides being earthquake resistant, the new Parliament House will epitomize Atmanirbhar Bharat and illustrate India’s diversity. According to Om Birla, about 1,224 MPs would be able to sit together in the building. It will house 888 members in the Lok Sabha chamber and 384 members in the Rajya Sabha chamber. The new office complex for all MPs of both the houses will be constructed at the place of existing Shram Shakti Bhawan.
It will also have a grand Constitution Hall, a lounge, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and parking space. Tata Projects Limited won the bid to construct the new Parliament building in September. The new building will be constructed adjacent to the present one under the Central Vista redevelopment project. The existing Parliament structure will be retro-fitted to allow more functional spaces for Parliamentary affairs usage and preserved as an archaeological asset of the nation.
When Modi government declared their ideas to reconstruct India’s Parliament earlier this year, it drew fierce criticism and was described as an act of “political fanaticism.” The opposition party called it the plan without an articulated structural position, public consultation & mandate, and parliamentary discussion or peer consent.