Parliament New Building Foundation: The new Lower House or Lok Sabha will be three times of the existing size and the new Upper House or Rajya Sabha will be substantially bigger.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of the New Parliament Building in New Delhi today. The new building will be located at Sansad Marg in the national capital. As an intrinsic part of the Central government’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ vision, the new building will match the needs and aspirations of ‘New India’ in the 75th anniversary of independence in 2022, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
“Today is a historic day as the foundation of the New Parliament building has been laid. We the people of India together will construct this new building of the Parliament. This is a day of pride for over 130 crore Indians when we are witnessing this historic moment. The new Parliament building is an example of the co-existence of the new and the old. This is an effort to make changes within oneself in accordance with the time and needs,” PM Modi said at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Parliament building
“If the old Parliament House gave direction to post-independence India, the new building would become a witness to the creation of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. I can never forget the moment in my life when I had the opportunity to come to Parliament House for the first time in 2014 as an MP. Then before stepping into this temple of democracy, I had bowed my head and saluted this temple of democracy,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi said, “Democracy is a culture in India. Democracy is a life value, a way of life and the soul of the life of the nation for India. Democracy of India is a system developed with the experience of centuries.” “Old Parliament building gave a new direction to India after independence. New building will be a witness to building of Aatmanirbhar Bhaarat. In old building, work to fulfill necessities of nation was done. In new building, ambitions of India of 21st century will be realised,” said PM Modi.
New Parliament Building Design, Project, Key features
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the new Parliament Building will have 530 seats in media and public galleries of each House for witnessing Parliamentary proceedings.
The new Parliament building will reflect the vibrancy and diversity of modern India, incorporating our cultural and regional arts and crafts. It will have 530 seats in media and public galleries of each House for witnessing Parliamentary proceedings.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) December 10, 2020
The New Parliament Building will be built adjacent to the present Parliament. The new Parliament building will be modern, state-of-the-art, and energy-efficient, with highly non-obtrusive security facilities to be built as a triangular-shaped building.
The new Lower House or Lok Sabha will be three times of the existing size and the new Upper House or Rajya Sabha will be substantially bigger.
The interiors of the new Parliament building will showcase a rich blend of Indian culture and diversity of our regional arts, crafts, textiles, and architecture, the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The design plan includes space for a magnificent Central Constitutional Gallery, which will be accessible to the public, the PMO said.
It will have high-quality acoustics and audio-visual facilities, improved and comfortable seating arrangements, effective and inclusive emergency evacuation provisions.
The building will comply with the highest structural safety standards, including adherence to Seismic Zone 5 requirements and is designed for ease of maintenance and operations.
The construction of the New Parliament Building will promote environmentally friendly practices by utilizing resource-efficient green technology.