Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for new Parliament building on Thursday. The construction of new Parliament building is part of the ₹ 20,000 Crore Central Vista project aimed at building and refurbishing the government buildings on Rajpath.
The ceremony will begin at 12: 55 PM. The prime minister will lay the foundation stone at 1 PM and address the people at 2: 15 PM. The new Parliament building will be four storied built over an area of 64,500 sq meters. The construction is expected to cost ₹ 971 crore. The proposed building will have a seating capacity of 888 members in Lok Sabha chamber, which can be increased in case of joint sessions. Rajya Sabha chamber will be able to accommodate 384 members. Each member of the Parliament will get a 40 sq m office space in Shram Shakti Bhawan, which will be redeveloped by 2024.
The Supreme Court had pulled up the Centre last week for pushing forward with the project aggressively despite the pending petition. The top court had said the government can go ahead with the laying of foundation stone and paperwork, but construction will not begin till its decision on the matter.
The need for new Parliament building was felt in view of the limitations of the current building, built in British era. The building cannot be upgraded without causing damage to the structure. Over the years. many members have expressed the need for modern hi-tech facilities.
The current Parliament building was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens. The building opened on January 18, 1927 following a construction period of six years. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had said that the magnificent building will be preserved as an archaeological asset of the country.