New Delhi, Sept 18: The ongoing parliament session, which began on September 18, has brought with it some surprises from the government. The five-day sitting not only includes discussions on Parliament’s 75-year journey but also marks the transition of House proceedings to the new building, adding an element of anticipation and significance to the session.
The old Parliament building, inaugurated by Lord Irwin on January 18, 1927, has borne witness to significant historical events for over 96 years. From the colonial era to the tumultuous period of the Second World War, the building observed the transition to Independence, the framing and adoption of the Constitution, and the passage of numerous crucial legislations that shaped the destiny of India. Its walls have echoed the debates and decisions that have defined the nation’s path.
Here, we delve into some key features that distinguish the old and the new parliament buildings.
- Increase in Seating Capacity
The new Parliament building represents a significant upgrade in capacity and modern amenities. It is designed to comfortably accommodate 888 Members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, which is three times the capacity of the old Lok Sabha. Additionally, the new Rajya Sabha chamber will have seating for 384 members, providing an improved and more spacious environment for parliamentary proceedings. This expansion allows for more efficient functioning and better facilities for the parliamentarians.
- No Central Hall
One noticeable departure in the new Parliament Building is the absence of a central hall, a hallmark of the old building. Instead, the Lok Sabha in the new structure will be designed to accommodate joint sessions, thereby eliminating the need for additional chairs when meetings are underway. This change reflects a modernized approach to parliamentary proceedings.
- Modern Technology
In keeping with the times, the new Parliament Building is embracing modern technology. Each seat of the Members of Parliament will now be equipped with a multimedia display. This feature is a gift to the country on the occasion of its 75th Independence anniversary. It will undoubtedly enhance the ability of MPs to access and share information efficiently during debates and discussions.
- Media Facility
Recognizing the importance of media coverage in today’s world, the new Parliament building will be equipped with special facilities for the media. A total of 530 seats will be allotted to media personnel, allowing them to cover parliamentary proceedings effectively. Additionally, both houses will have galleries that broadcast parliamentary proceedings to the general public, promoting transparency and accountability.
- Eco-friendly Environment
Sustainability is a central focus of the new parliament building’s agenda. The construction of the building has incorporated green materials and technologies to reduce its environmental footprint. It has also implemented energy-saving devices that aim to reduce electricity consumption by up to 30 percent. This commitment to eco-friendliness aligns with contemporary efforts to combat climate change and promote responsible construction practices.
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The transition from the old Parliament building to the new one represents not only a physical change in infrastructure but also a symbol of India’s progress and commitment to modernity. The new building’s enhanced capacity, technological advancements, media-friendly facilities, and eco-conscious design all reflect the nation’s aspirations for a more efficient and sustainable future. As Parliament convenes in its new home, it ushers in a new era in India’s democratic journey.