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PM Modi visits new Parliament building construction site unannounced, spends an hour

India Today logo India Today 26-09-2021 India Today Web Desk

Less than 24 hours since his return from the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unannounced visit to the construction site of the new Parliament building on Sunday night at around 8:45 pm.

He spent almost an hour at the site of the proposed Central Vista project and carried out a first-hand inspection of the construction status of the new Parliament building.

There was no prior intimation or security detail regarding his visit.

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PM Modi made an unannounced visit to the construction site of the new Parliament building.
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PM Modi at the construction site of the Central Vista project.

On December 10, 2020, PM Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament building in Delhi, at an event that was attended by leaders from various political parties, Cabinet ministers and ambassadors of different countries.

The new building, which will have an area of 64,500 square metres, is expected to be completed by 2022. The December 2022 session will be held under the new roof, as per plans.

The estimated cost of construction of the Parliament building is Rs 971 crore. This includes everything from construction to safety equipment and all other features.

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The new Lok Sabha will have seating space for 888 MPs, and the Rajya Sabha, for 384 MPs. There will be space for additional seating (to be brought in) as well—the new Parliament building will be able to accommodate 1,382 people in the Lok Sabha. MPs will be able to sit there during the President's address or during joint sessions of Parliament.

In an interview with India Today, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, the foundation stone of the existing Parliament building was laid in 1921, and it was constructed in 1927—the building is almost 100 years old. The interior of the existing building has changed a lot, and the demand for a new Parliament building is quite old. Several states have constructed new Assembly houses in the past decades, but the Parliament still operates out of a British-era building.

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Birla further stated that MPs have been raising demands for a new Parliament house since India's 60th Independence day. "When Mira Kumar was the speaker of the Lok Sabha, there was even a discussion on constructing a new Parliament building. For these reasons, as well as with a view to security, it is necessary to provide a convenient platform to the MPs who work here," he said.

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