India is set to get a new parliament building, the foundation stone of which was laid down recently. Here’s what you can expect to find at this new structure. By Bayar Jain
आने वाली पीढियां प्रधानमंत्री @narendramodi जी के निर्णायक और दूरदर्शी नेतृत्व की निरंतर प्रशंसा करेंगी क्योंकि यह नया संसद भवन विश्व के न सिर्फ सबसे विशाल बल्कि सबसे प्राचीन लोकतंत्र का भव्य और उपयुक्त मंदिर भी होगा। #NewParliament4NewIndia @loksabhaspeaker @VPSecretariat pic.twitter.com/RcxIGI22Hn
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) December 10, 2020
India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, recently laid down the foundation stone for a new parliament building. Portrayed as the symbol of ‘new and self-reliant India‘, this project is expected to be completed by 2022, coinciding with the country’s 75th year of independence.
During the foundation stone laying ceremony of this new parliament building, PM Modi stated that a new designated space will be set up to facilitate easy interaction between constituents and elected Members of Parliament (MPs). This triangular building, Hindustan Times reports, will be able to seat 1,272 MPs at a go, thus overcoming the reported space constraints in the current structure. The new Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha halls thus created will reportedly be able to house 888 and 384 members, respectively.
Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri @narendramodi will perform Bhumi pujan of the new Parliament building on 10 December. Construction work is likely to be completed by October 2022. On 75th anniversary of our Independence, Session will be held in the new Parliament. #NewParliament pic.twitter.com/bHiqASizPx
— Lok Sabha Speaker (@loksabhaspeaker) December 5, 2020
To be built over 64,500 square metres at a cost of roughly INR 971 crore—according to NDTV—this new four-story building will reportedly be based on three themes: the lotus, India’s national flower; the peacock, national bird; and the banyan tree, national tree. In the same report, architect Bimal Patel is quoted as saying that the flower will feature in the Rajya Sabha, while the peacock and tree will be prevalent in the Lok Sabha and central lounge, respectively. Like the Rashtrapati Bhawan, this new building will also have fresco paintings on the ceiling, shlokas inscribed on the interior walls, and the national emblem crowning the structure, state media reports.
In line with the PM’s vision of ‘Digital India’, each seat will come equipped with a digital audio-video system, operational by the Speaker of the House, states The Times of India. Further, India.com reports that the new structure will have eco-friendly devices installed, ensuring a 30 per cent savings in electricity. The report further states that rainwater harvesting and solar power generation arrangements will be introduced, and green construction materials will be utilised. Rajasthan’s Dholpur stone will serve as the primary material—like the existing building—with red granite replacing some of the interior portions.
Although the final nod for constructing the new parliament is still pending in top courts, reports suggest that once approved, Tata Projects Ltd will be facilitating the project.