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New Parliament building: Tata firm bid beats L&T for part of Central Vista project

A Tata company has bagged the contract to build the ambitious new Parliament building as part of the revamped Central Vista project of the Narendra Modi government. The Tata Projects Limited won with its bid for Rs 861.90 crore when the bids were opened today by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), which had estimated the project to cost Rs 940 crore.

The new Parliament is expected to be built in a year’s time so that it is ready for occupancy in 2022 when India celebrates 75 years of Independence. Work on the building project is expected to begin after the winter session this year and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Construction major Larsen & Toubro had given its bid for Rs 865 crore. Seven companies were in the race for the project.

Reports said the building was necessitated as the current Lok Sabha building doesn’t have room to accommodate even one extra member. It is expected the members of the Lok Sabha are likely to increase after a reorganisation of constituencies, the Modi government had told in Parliament earlier this year.

The new building, shaped like a triangle unlike the current circular structure,  will be built on plot number 118 of the Parliament House Estate. It will also comprise halls with bigger seating capacity for the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha, offices for MPs, as well as a courtyard, dining facilities and a lounge for lawmakers.

The Delhi Development Authority had approved the change in use of land for the Central Vista Re-Development project, so that the completion of the construction of the new building of Parliament as well as other projects of the Central Vista Project can be done faster.

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Officials said in a statement that the current parliament building would be used for a different purpose after the new parliament building will be ready and renovated.

The Rs 20,000-crore Central Vista Project will change the face of New Delhi’s Lutyens’ area and new buildings will come up on the currently empty but idyllic 3-km stretch. The Modi government’s continuing with the project despite the coronavirus outbreak and the economic downturn exacerbated by the series of lockdowns has been roundly criticised both by opposition parties and concerned citizens both on and off social media.

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