New Delhi: The laying of the foundation of the new Parliament building will be remembered as a “proud day for all 130 crore Indians”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday, adding that the new building will be a “symbol of a new and self-reliant India”.
Speaking after performing the ground breaking ceremony attended by over 200 dignitaries including Union Ministers, MPs, foreign envoys and religious leaders, the Prime Minister said, “If the old Parliament House gave direction to post-independence India, the new building would become a witness to the creation of Atmanirbhar Bharat. If work is done to fulfill the needs of the country in the old Parliament House, then the aspirations of 21st century India will be fulfilled in the new building,” he said.
The project is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore. In the new building, the Lok Sabha chamber will have 888 seats while there will be 384 seats in the Rajya Sabha chamber. The 4-story building covering an area of 64,500 sq m will be earthquake-resistant, and adaptable to the most modern digital technology. It will incorporate indigenous architecture from different parts of the country, and showcase cultural diversity.
The existing Parliament building will be conserved as it is an archaeological asset of the country, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said.
The new Parliament is the key piece of the Rs 20,000 crore Central Vista project, which aims to build and refurbish the government buildings on part of the 3 km Rajpath that stretches from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. The construction cannot begin for now with the Supreme Court hearing petitions challenging the project.
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