PM Narendra Modi visited the construction site of the new Parliament building on Sunday. The structure is expected to complete in the second half of next year.
As per government officials, the winter session of 2022 will be held in the new parliament building. According to updates provided by the government, the new parliament building will have an increased capacity. While the old Rajya Sabha had the capacity to accommodate 245 members, the new Rajya Sabha chamber can seat up to 384 members. Similarly, the capacity of Lok Sabha will increase from 545to 888. The new premises spreads in an area of 64,500 square kilometers.
The new parliament building will have a grand Constitution Hall to display India’s democratic heritage. Moreover, it will have a library, multiple committee rooms and dining areas and plenty parking space.
The Central Vista project:
The Central Vista redevelopment project is an ongoing project to revamp India’s central administrative area. The project aims at reconstruction and beatification of the 3km Rajpath between India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Other than that, the project includes building a new parliament building which will be triangular in shape. The structure will provide increased capacity to Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha chambers.
The project also aims at converting the North and South blocks to public museums. A new common Central Secretariat to house all the ministers.
Need for new Parliament building:
According to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the old building posed structural safety concerns. According to the Ministry, the current building is prone to fire hazards. It also poses space constraints for MP’s. Natural light and ventilation in the chambers of the two houses are poor. Excessive repairs and reconstructions have worsened the building’s condition.
Due to the aforementioned reasons, a new parliament building is under development.
Criticism for the Central Vista Project:
Although the Central vista redevelopment project sounds necessary, the timing seems to be a bit controversial. Opposition parties have often castigated the BJP government for announcing the project in midst of a pandemic.
Centre allocated ₹20,000 towards the project. According to the critics of Central Vista project, the government showcased its misplaced priorities by allocating so much funds to revamp Central Vista while the country was looking at a possible economic failure.
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