Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay foundation for a new parliament building in December, reports suggested. News agency PTI reported that five statues of prominent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhimrao Ambedkar among others in the parliament are likely to be shifted temporarily as the construction work is going on. Once the construction work is completed in the new complex, the statues will be reinstalled in the prominent locations within the building.
The new complex will be constructed close to the existing building under the Central Vista redevelopment project and it is expected to be completed in 21 months.
As per reports, the project envisions a new triangular building, a common central secretariat and revamping of the 3-km-long Rajpath, fron Rashtrapati Bhavan to India gate.
Reports also suggested that the new Parliament building will have separate offices for all MPs and will be equipped with the latest digital interfaces as a step towards creating paperless offices. It will also include a grand Connstitutional hall to exihibit India’s heritage, a library, a lounge for members of Parliament, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and parking space.
Tata Projects Limited had won the bid to construct a new parliament building in September at a cost of RS 861.90 crores.
The existing Parliament complex is a building constructed in British-era and was designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker who were also responsible for planning and construction of New Delhi. The foundation of existing complex was laid on February 12, 1921 and took six years to complete the construction. The building construction cost Rs 83 lakh at the time of British era. The opening ceremony was performed on January 18, 1927 by the then Governor-General of India, Lord Irwin.
According to the CPWD, the existing Parliament building will continue to function during the entire period of execution of the redevelopment project. The existing Parliament building will be used for other purposes, once the new building is completed.