On May 28, PM Narendra Modi addressed dignitaries inside the new Parliament building, which he had inaugurated earlier in the day. “Every Indian is full of pride seeing the new Parliament House,” he stated.
Today’s inauguration of the new parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has all eyes on Delhi. Since a larger and newer parliament building will eventually replace the more than 90-year-old one that now exists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the new parliament building and placed the ancient Sengol sceptre next to the Lok Sabha Speaker’s chair. On this day, a multifaith prayer service and puja were organised. A plaque honouring the new structure was also unveiled by him. There were Adheenam seers and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. The ‘Sengol’ was presented by the seers to PM Modi, who installed it after entering the new Parliament building.
Although 20 opposition parties, including the Congress, have chosen to boycott the ceremony. As many as 25 parties are anticipated to attend today’s opening of the new Parliament building.
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As the “soul of democracy has been sucked out of the Parliament,” 19 opposition parties, including the Congress, stated in a joint statement that there was no value in a new edifice.
The Opposition’s main allegations is with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s choice to open the new Parliament building by himself, “completely sidelining President Droupadi Murmu,” which they claim was not only “a grave insult but a direct assault on our democracy, which demands a commensurate response.”
In spite of all the facts, India’s New Parliament Building has been making headlines for a while now. The New Parliament Building, an architectural and structural marvel, is a component of the expansive and multifunctional Central Vista Project of the Government of India. The Central Vista plan also involved the renovation of Kartavya Path. The building of a new home and office for the Prime Minister, and the construction of a new a house for the Vice-President of India.
Since 1927, the current Indian Parliament building, which took more than six years to complete, has housed both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. The New Parliament Building will uphold the dream of a New and Independent India. While the Old Parliament Building demonstrates the strength of the Indian democratic system.
About New Parliament Building
Space was limited in the old parliament, a significant historical structure, particularly during combined sessions. The centre hall where the joint sessions were held could only hold a total of 436 people, despite their being 793 members of parliament in both chambers together. Although the new parliament will lack a central chamber, it is planned such that the Lok Sabha may hold up to 1,272 persons. It is there where the combined sessions will take place.
It cost 836 crore rupees to complete this structure, which is 64,500 square metres in size.
The expected lifetime of the new parliament building is 150 years. New Parliament, an earthquake-resistant structure, will feature architectural styles from all around India. It would showcase Indian popular architectural styles’ sculpture and culture. Since there will be more lawmakers in the coming years, the new structure will guarantee that both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha have enough of room to sit. The number of MPs is anticipated to increase once the delimitation freeze is removed in 2026.
- The New Parliament building is triangular in design to make the most of the available space.
- The ancient and new parliament buildings will coexist despite the new one. This will guarantee that the legislative process runs smoothly.
- Compared to the current edifice, the New Lok Sabha building is three times larger. The design of the new structure is inspired by the national bird, the peacock.
- The national flower, the lotus, serves as the inspiration for the new Rajya Sabha building.
- A sophisticated, state-of-the-art constitutional hall is included in the new parliament building.
- The new Parliament Building’s office rooms are visually pleasing and will feature cutting-edge communication equipment.
- The newest audio-visual equipment will be installed in the offices and the new structure.
- The renovated Sansad Bhavan will support economic recovery along the whole value chain of construction. Employment possibilities for the skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled labour will result from this.
- A world-class, cutting-edge, better library will be housed in the new parliament library, enabling the members to research past works.
- India’s dedication to a sustainable future will be demonstrated by the new parliament building, which will be platinum-rated green and environmentally friendly.
- The new parliament building will be entirely Divyang-friendly to address the mobility issues of individuals with disabilities or Divyangs.
- There were 24,04,095-man days added to the labour force during construction.
Why there is need for a new building?
The following reasons help explain why a new parliament building is necessary:
Narrow Seating Capacity: The current arrangement of chairs in the parliament building is based on the representation that was determined using data from the census of 1971. When the delimitation stay is lifted in 2026, the number of MPs will significantly rise. Currently, the centre hall can accommodate 440 people. The issue of small spaces gets worse when combined sessions are undertaken.
Unplanned Infrastructure: Because CCTV cameras, audio and video equipment, water pipes, and extra fixtures were not included in the current parliament building’s design, they have interfered with the building’s aesthetics. Additionally, it has led to seepages in the support systems of the buildings.
Obsolete Communication System: The current Parliament building’s communication and sound system must be completely redone because it is out of date. A new acoustics system is required.
Risk of Earthquake: The current Parliament building was constructed when seismic zone 2 was assigned to the nation’s capital. New Delhi is now under seismic zone 4.
At the end, to mark the occasion, the PM also unveiled a unique stamp and Rs. 75 coin. In her speech, the deputy chair of the Rajya Sabha read aloud messages from the Vice President and the President. After a havan and the installation of the ancient Sengol that the Adheenams had presented to him earlier today, the PM officially opened the new Parliament building. The PM, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, several cabinet members, and chief executives from various states all attended the Sarv-dharma prayer ritual after the inauguration.
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