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PM Modi to unveil new Parliament building today; here’s all what you need to know

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New delhi: From increased capacity to accommodate our elected representatives to blending both Indian and world class architectural marvels, the new Parliament building is one of modern India’s pride. The new Parliament building will be unveiled today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a grand ceremony, unfazed by the Opposition parties’ boycott. Aside from controversies, the magnificent edifice of democracy -part of the revamped Central Vista project – deserves appreciation. Here’s all you need to know about the new Parliament.

* The new Parliament building can accommodate around 888 Parliamentarians in Lok Sabha and 348 in Rajya Sabha, while the current building has 543 seats in Lok Sabha and 250 seats in Rajya Sabha. According to the government data, the existing Parliament built in 1927 was not designed to accommodate a bicameral legislature (both houses – Upper House and Lower House). The current Lok Sabha seats were fixed at 545 as per the 1971 Census-based delimitation. The number is likely to be increased after 2026 as the cap of total number of seats is only till 2026.


*Unlike the circular shape of the old building, the new building is in a triangular shape for optimal space utilisation. The three-storey building has a built up area of 64,500 sqm and will have a life of more than 150 years.


*Infused with green construction techniques, the new building is expected to reduce electricity consumption by 30 per cent. Since Delhi is in seismic zone-V, the new parliament building is built to be earthquake-safe.

*’Sengol’, a golden sceptre, handed over to Jawaharlal Nehru to mark the transfer of power from the British on the eve of Independence, will now be placed near the Speaker’s podium. The golden-hued sceptre was handed over to PM Modi by priests from Tamil Nadu on Saturday. History has it that handing over of sceptre was followed during the reign of the Cholas to signify transfer of power and it was C Rajagopalachari, the last Governor General, suggested Nehru to symbolise the transfer of power from the British Empire to India through ‘Sengol’. The sceptre that was kept in the Nehru Gallery of Allahabad Museum until now, was designed and crafted by the Vummidi Bangaru Chetty family.


* The new parliament building has been designed by celebrated architect Bimal Patel of Ahemdabad, while the existing building was designed by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The new building is equipped with state-of-the-art modern technologies including biometrics for ease of voting, translation systems and microphones that can be programmable. In both the houses, two MPS can be able to sit on one bench and they will have a touch screen on the desk.


* The Lok Sabha chamber has a peacock theme interiors as designs on the wall, ceiling have been inspired from Peacock feathers, while the Rajya Sabha chamber has been designed with Lotus theme. Construction materials for both interior and exterior of the building have been sourced from across the country, to reflect the country’s rich resources. Besides, the national symbol and the national emblem – the massive bronze sculpture of the Lion Capital of Ashoka – are the main highlights of the building.


* One of the main statues at the old building is the 16-foot-tall bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, a prominent site of protests, which will remain between the lawns of old and new buildings.

* While the final cost of the new Parliament building is yet to be known, the cost has gone up from the initial contract of Rs 861.9 cr to Rs 971 cr. Now, it is estimated that the cost may have gone up to Rs 1,200 cr.


* A dedicated gallery of artefacts that reflect India has been set up. Besides, there will be no Central Hall for joint sessions as in the old building. The Lok Sabha chamber will be used for joint sessions.


* The new Parliament building inauguration – May 28 – is coinciding with the 140th birth anniversary of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, popularly known as Veer savarkar. Savarkar was imprisoned in the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during the British rule.


– Team Mysoorunews



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