Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to lay the foundation stone. It is for the new Parliament building. He will be laying the stone on December 10 and then the further construction will start.
The new building of the Parliament will have an area of around 64,500 square metres and it is being built at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore.
Birla hereby also announced more details of the new building and said that the existing temple of democracy is completing it’s 100 years and that it is a matter of pride for our country and for its people. The new building will be built by our own people and countrymen and will set an example for becoming an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
He also said that the new building will showcase the cultural diversity and uniqueness of our country. It is hopefully said and expected that in the 75th year of independence, the Parliament session will be held in the new building.
The new building that will be made is going to be earthquake resistant and around 2000 people will be directly involved in the construction of the new building and around 9,000 indirectly, hence a lot of people and workers will be getting employment for this construction.
He said that 1,224 MPs can sit together in this building. A new office complex for all MPs of both the houses will be constructed at the site of the existing Shram Shakti Bhawan.
The existing Parliament building will be conserved and taken care of as it is an archaeological asset of the country. The invitation will be sent to all political parties. While some would attend physically and some of them would attend virtually by taking COVID -19 into consideration. Also the ceremony would follow Covid-related guidelines and all measured precautions will be taken.
A formal invitation to our PM Modi was extended by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. As per rules, the speaker of the lower house of parliament is also the main part and is important person of the parliament building.
All the necessary steps and measurements have been taken to control air and noise pollution that will happen during the construction work for the new parliament building. It will have separate offices for all MPs and those will be equipped with the latest digital interfaces as a step towards creating ‘paperless offices’ and will help reduce the use of paper and hence will have save a lot of trees every year.
The new building along with all these will also have a grand Constitution Hall. This hall will showcase India’s democratic and unique heritage, a lounge for members of the Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms for meetings and discussions, dining areas and ample parking space.
In the new building, there will be a sitting capacity of around 888 members in Lok Sabha chamber, while Rajya Sabha will have 384 seats for the upper house members.
This facility and construction has been done keeping in mind the future increase in the number of members for the two houses. At present, Lok Sabha has a total strength of 543 members and Rajya Sabha of 245.
In September 2020, this construction bid was won by Tata Projects Limited by bidding to construct the new parliament building. This will be constructed at a cost of Rs 861.90 crore. The new building will be constructed not far but close to the existing one under the Central Vista redevelopment project.