New Parliament Building: All You Need To Know

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi sets the ball rolling for the construction of the new Parliament building, NewsMobile gets you a lowdown of all you need to know.

 When is the construction likely to begin and when is the expected date of completion?

Construction will begin soon. The foundation stone is being laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 10 and an all faith prayer session is also being organised to mark the occasion. The construction is expected to be completed by 2022.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla is hopeful that Parliament session will be held in the new building in the 75th year of independence. The new building will showcase the cultural diversity of the country, he said.

What will happen to the existing Parliament building?

The existing Parliament building will be conserved as it is an archaeological asset of the country.

What will be the cost involved?

The estimated cost of the new Parliament building is pegged to be around Rs 971 crore.

Which agency has been entrusted with the task of construction? 

Tata Projects Limited bagged the bid to construct the new Parliament building at a cost of Rs 861.90 crore in September this year. The new Parliament building will be constructed near the existing building under the Central Vista redevelopment project.

About 2,000 people are expected to be involved directly in the construction of the new building and 9,000 indirectly.

What will be the key features of the new building?

The new building will be earthquake resistant.

As many as 1,224 MPs can sit together for joint sessions.

The new building will have an area of 64,500 sq m.

A new office complex for all MPs of both the houses would be built at the site of the existing Shram Shakti Bhawan.

The outlook of the new building will be similar to the existing one, Birla said.

There will be a basement, ground, first and second floors in the new building and its height will be same as the old building so that both should are in symmetry.

The new building will also have a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.

The Lok Sabha chamber will have a seating capacity for 888 members, while Rajya Sabha will have 384 seats for upper house members.

The Lok Sabha chamber will have an option to increase its sitting capacity to 1,224 members during joint sessions.

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