PM Modi Sunday night, 24 meetings in 65 hours & Surprise visit to Central Vista

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who just completed the US tour, suddenly reached around 8.45 pm on Sunday to inspect the construction site of the new Parliament building in Delhi. He spent about an hour at the site and inspected the construction of the new Parliament building. The new Parliament House is being built adjacent to the existing Parliament House. The construction of the building is a part of the Modi government's ambitious Central Vista project.

When was Bhoomi Poojan  Done: On 4 February, the Bhoomi Poojan ceremony of the Central Vista project was performed by then Union Minister of State with Independent charge Hardeep S Puri at India Gate, New Delhi.

Smriti Irani tweeted 24 meetings in 65 hours & Surprise visit to Central Vista to inspect ongoing work upon return.

Why is the new Parliament building being built?

According to the government and officials, the need was felt for the construction of a new building due to the increasing work of the Parliament. The present Parliament House was built during the British era, which is about 100 years (93 years) old and does not have the arrangement of space and state-of-the-art facilities.

What is Central Vista Project

A new Parliament building and new residential complex will be constructed under the Central Vista project. In this, several new office buildings and a central secretariat for the offices of the ministry are to be constructed along with the residence of the Prime Minister and the Vice President. The Central Vista project was announced in September 2019. The foundation stone of the project was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 December 2020. The construction of a new Parliament building is proposed in this redevelopment project.

Apart from this, a Central Secretariat will also be constructed. Along with this, changes are also proposed in the three-kilometre long 'Rajpath' from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan. The North and South blocks in the Central Vista area will be converted into museums and will be replaced by new buildings. Apart from this, there is a proposal to shift the 'Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts located in this area. Offices for various ministries and their departments will be built in this area.

how big will the new parliament building be

According to officials, seating arrangements have been made for 888 members of the lower house of the Lok Sabha in the new building of Parliament. In the new building, the Lok Sabha will be on the ground floor. At the same time, 384 members of the Upper House Rajya Sabha will be able to sit in it. This has been done keeping in mind the increase in the number of MPs in future. India currently has 543 seats in the Lok Sabha and 245 in the Rajya Sabha. During the joint sitting of the new Parliament House, 1272 members will be able to sit there. The construction area of ​​this entire project will be 64,500 square meters. It will be 17,000 square meters more than the existing Parliament House.

What will happen to the existing Parliament House?

According to officials, the existing Parliament building will be used for parliamentary functions. The construction of the Parliament House with a diameter of 566 meters started in 1921. It was completed in six years. Then Rs 83 lakh was spent on its construction. It was inaugurated on 18 January 1927 by the then Governor-General Lord Irwin. This British Parliament building was designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker.

How much will it cost, who is making it?

According to officials, the cost of building the new Parliament building will be around Rs 971 crore. The contract for the construction of the new building has been awarded to Tata Projects Limited. It won the contract in September 2020 by bidding for Rs 861.90 crore. The new Parliament building is part of the Central Vista Project. The blueprint of this project has been prepared by HCP Designs, an architecture firm based in Gujarat.

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