The government Friday released a video of the new Parliament building which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The new complex which is in triangular shape has been built next to the existing complex and will be almost equal to the former one.
The triangular-shaped four-storey Parliament building has a built-up area of 64,500 sq m. The building has three main gates — Gyan Dwar, Shakti Dwar, and Karma Dwar. The present building of the Parliament was completed in 1927, and is now 96 years old.
The new Parliament building, constructed by Tata Projects Ltd, will have a grand constitution hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.
#WATCH | Delhi: First look at the New Parliament building that will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28.#NewParliamentBuilding pic.twitter.com/ouZoz6dLgu
— ANI (@ANI) May 26, 2023
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The existing building served as independent India’s first Parliament and witnessed the adoption of the Constitution. Originally called the Council House, the building housed the Imperial Legislative Council. The Parliament building witnessed the addition of two floors in 1956 to address the demand for more space.
In 2006, the Parliament Museum was added to showcase the 2,500 years of rich democratic heritage of India.
Officials said the present building was never designed to accommodate a bicameral legislature and the seating arrangements were cramped and cumbersome, with no desks beyond the second row.
The Central Hall has seating capacity only for 440 persons and the need for more space was acutely felt during Joint sittings of both the Houses.