The decades-old Parliament building of India is all set to see an overhaul. In December, the construction of the new government legislative building will start. The new building will hold all Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha sessions. It is likely to be completed in the next two years by October 2022. This will offer increased space for members of the two Indian houses. Despite the beginning of the construction work, the winter sessions of Parliament will continue to take place in the existing building. As per a report by Lok Sabha Secretariat, the new parliament building will be made in such a way that all members of Parliament (MPs) will have their own offices.
Space for 384 seats for Rajya Sabha members and 888 Lok Sabha members
Moreover, to create ‘paperless offices’, these offices will have the latest digital interfaces. The new building will have a Constitution Hall that will reflect India’s democratic legacy. The new Indian Parliament will also get other features such as a new lounge for all MPs, multiple committee rooms, a library, dining areas as well as ample parking space. For members, the space and their seating arrangements is also being increased. The Parliament currently has seats for 245 Rajya Sabha members and 543 Lok Sabha members. Nevertheless, the new building will have 384 seats for Rajya Sabha members and 888 Lok Sabha members.
As per the report, the changes are being considered due to the reason that strength of upper house and lower house may increase in future. The work of building is being supervised by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, NDMC, Lok Sabha Secretariat and CPWD. Talking about the structure of the new Parliament, it is likely to be triangular. The prime minister’s house and office may also shift near the South Block after the work of restructuring begins. The vice-president will have a new house near the North Block.
Courtesy: Financial Express