New Delhi, May 28: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the new Parliament building, it signifies a significant milestone in India’s journey towards self-reliance and progress. The replacement of the old Parliament building, which stood tall for almost a century, marks a defining moment in the Central Vista project in the national capital.

10 key features that set the new Parliament building apart from its predecessor:

  1. Increased Seating Capacity: With a capacity to accommodate 888 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Lok Sabha, three times more than the current capacity, and provision for 384 seats in the Rajya Sabha, the new building addresses the growing need for space to accommodate future MPs.
  2. Absence of Central Hall: Unlike the old Parliament House, the new structure will not house a Central Hall. Instead, the Lok Sabha Hall has been designed to accommodate joint sessions, eliminating the requirement for additional seating arrangements during such sessions.
  3. Earthquake-Proof Construction: Recognizing Delhi’s increased seismic activity, the new Parliament building is being constructed to withstand earthquakes. It is being reinforced to withstand strong shocks in Zone 5, ensuring the safety of its occupants.
  4. Peacock and Lotus Flower Theme: The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha chambers in the new Parliament House will exhibit distinct themes. The Lok Sabha will embrace the national bird, the Peacock, while the Rajya Sabha will feature the national flower, the Lotus, reflecting their significance in the country’s heritage.
  5. Modern Technological Facilities: Each MP’s seat in the new Parliament House will be equipped with a multimedia display, enhancing the technological capabilities of the House. This feature, commemorating India’s 75th anniversary of Independence, marks the first Parliament building constructed post-independence.
  6. Eco-Friendly Initiatives: Sustainability takes center stage in the new Parliament building, with the use of green construction materials and the implementation of energy-saving measures to reduce electricity consumption by 30 percent. Rainwater harvesting and solar power generation systems will promote renewable energy sources.
  7. Enhanced Committee Room Facilities: The new Parliament House will provide a greater number of committee rooms equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual systems. This upgrade will facilitate the smooth functioning of parliamentary committees and their crucial deliberations.
  8. Media Facilities: Special provisions will be made for the media within the new Parliament House, with designated seating for 530 media personnel. Galleries for the general public will also be present in both houses, ensuring transparency and allowing citizens to witness parliamentary proceedings.
  9. Public-Friendly Design: Emphasizing accessibility, the new Parliament House aims to become a public-friendly space. Measures are being taken to make it more inclusive, with easier entry for children, elderly individuals, and those with disabilities. Special entrance points will provide access to the Public Gallery and Central Constitutional Gallery. Additionally, improved fire safety features have been incorporated.
  10. Architectural Design and Construction: The prestigious task of constructing the new Parliament building has been entrusted to Tata Projects Limited, with the design expertise of HCP Design Planning and Management Private Limited. Spanning across an impressive 64,500 sqm, this architectural marvel promises to redefine the cityscape of Delhi.

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The new Parliament building represents a blend of tradition and modernity, symbolizing India’s democratic strength and progress. As the nation eagerly awaits its inauguration, this iconic structure stands as a testament to India’s vision for a vibrant and inclusive future.