Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the much awaited new Parliament building on May 28.
The four-storey building has been constructed at an estimated cost of INR 970 crore. The building has been designed by Ahmedabad-based HCP Design, Planning and Management, and constructed by Tata Projects Limited.
The new Parliament will have a seating capacity of 888 for the Lok Sabha, as against 543 in the old Parliament House, and 300 in the Rajya Sabha as compared with 250 earlier.
Joint sittings of members of both Houses will be held in the Lok Sabha, when 1,280 Members of Parliament can be seated together.
In the current Parliament building, joint sessions of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were held in the Central Hall, which has a seating capacity of 436 people.
‘Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and invited him to inaugurate the New Parliament Building. Construction of the new Parliament building is complete now and the new building symbolises the spirit of self,’ the Lok Sabha Secretariat said in a statement.
The next monsoon session of Parliament will be held in the new building.
The foundation stone of the new building was laid by Mr. Modi in December 2020, the current one was completed in 1927.
The need to modernize and a lack of space were cited as main reasons why both Houses agreed to pass resolutions to build a new Parliament.
Construction was expected to be completed in 2022, coinciding with India’s 75th year of Independence.
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