Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the new Parliament building on Central Vista and took part in a bhoomi puja for it on Thursday. PM Modi said the new Parliament House will establish its own identity and the coming generations will be proud to see it.
He said it is built to commemorate 75 years of independence. He said that the new Parliament building would exemplify the co-existence of the new and the old and would be a witness to Aatmanirbhar Bharat. In a democracy, he said the policies may vary, differences may occur but there should not be any different when it comes to the service of the public.
Speaking about the current Parliament building, he said the building is now looking forward to its retirement and 21st century India needs a new Parliamant building which would fulfil the aspirations of the new India. The new building will have advanced technology. Even common people, who want to share their grievances with their representatives, face trouble in the existing building due to paucity of space. The new building will have space for every MP to meet and address the issues of their constituents visiting them, PM said.
The new parliament building is the part of Rs 20,000 crore Central Vista project which aims to build and and refurbish government buildings on a 3-km Rajpath stretch from from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. The event was attended by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Pralhad Venkatesh Joshi and Hardeep S Puri, and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh. An all-faith prayer was also held.
Though the foundation stone has been laid, no construction work can immediately begin as 10 pleas against the project are pending before the Supreme Court. The apex court has ordered the government to halt all construction activities on the Central Vista project until the pleas are heard.