India's New Parliament will be Inaugurated by 2022
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India's New Parliament will be Inaugurated by 2022

India's New Parliament will be Inaugurated by 2022

Last week India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi laid the foundation of the new Parliament building at a ceremony attended by various national leaders, eminent citizens, religious leaders, and members of the diplomatic community.

The foundation ceremony also witnessed interfaith prayers representing all religions thereby symbolizing India's rich and varied cultural traditions. To be completed in 2022, the new building will comprise an area of 64,500 square meters to accommodate any future increase in the number of members for the two houses of Parliament - Lok Sabha (Lower House) and Rajya Sabha (Upper House).

New Parliament

The new Parliament building to be built as a triangular-shaped structure (since it sits on a triangular plot) will have modern amenities such as a grand constitution hall, a lounge for MPs, multiple committee rooms, a library, dining areas, and ample parking space. According to Bimal Patel, the new building's architect, "Triangles are sacred geometries in various religions and cultures of the country." 

Prime Minister stated at the ceremony that if the old Parliament House gave direction to post-independence India, the new building would become a witness to the making of an 'AatmaNirbhar Bharat'. If work was 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.

The new Parliament building has been designed by Ahmedabad-based HCP Design and Management Pvt Limited (led by architect Bimal Patel) and has developed several projects, including the Sabarmati Riverfront Development while the construction would be carried out by Tata Projects Ltd. This new building will be built near the existing one as part of the Central Vista redevelopment project.

Central Vista - Proposed Master Plan

The existing Parliament building is a British-era structure whose foundation was laid in 1921 and completed in 1927. It was designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker who were responsible for the planning and construction of New Delhi – but this current structure was never intended or designed to be used as a parliament. Hence, it was decided to carry forth with the construction of the new parliament building and the old one would eventually be turned into a museum.

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