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PM Modi will lay the first stone of the new Parliament building on December 10 | India News


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the new Parliament building and perform ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ on December 10.
“On December 10, the prime minister will perform Bhumi Pujan for the new modern Parliament building,” Lok Sabha chairman Birla told ANI.
Last week, Birla along with officials toured the building to assess the site for the foundation-laying ceremony.
“It was to formally invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the foundation-laying ceremony and ‘Bhumi Pujan’ of the new Parliament that Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla went to meet the Prime Minister,” said a senior official.
Construction will begin this month in which the Lok Sabha chamber will seat 888 against the current staffing of 543, while the Rajya Sabha chamber will be able to accommodate 384 seats against the current 245-member staff.
The maximum capacity of the Lok Sabha chamber is expected to be 1272 seats for joint sessions.
Secretary General Utpal Kumar Singh, taking over his new office, reported that the agencies will try to finish construction in less than two years so that the 75th anniversary of India’s independence can be commemorated in the new Parliament.
The proposed constructed area for the new building is estimated to be 64,500 square meters. HCP Design, Planning and Management Private Limited has won the construction contract for the new Central Vista and Parliament building which will have four floors with independent access for the President, Prime Minister, President of Lok Sabha, President of Rajya Sabha, the Members of Parliament and the public.
With construction expected to start this month and the Parliament session expected next month, the secretariat stated that all measures have been taken after consulting with agencies to ensure that there is no air or noise pollution.
The new building will be equipped with digital interfaces to create a paperless office.
In addition to the offices of the deputies and ministries, the new building will have a Constitution room to display the original Constitution. Officials report that the large statues that adorn the space between the house and the entrance to Parliament will also be relocated according to the design.

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