New Delhi, December 5
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for a new Parliament building on December 10. The construction is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Saturday.
Birla said a number of House members had expressed the need for a modern and well-equipped facility. He said the existing building had many limitations with regard to modern communication, security and earthquake-safety requirements.
He also said keeping future needs in mind, the proposed building would have a seating capacity for 888 in the Lok Sabha Chamber, with an option to increase up to 1,224 members during joint sessions. Similarly, the Rajya Sabha Chamber would have a seating capacity for 384.
“The existing temple of democracy is completing 100 years… It is a matter of pride for our countrymen that the new one will be built by our own people as a prime example of an aatmanirbhar Bharat,” Birla said. — TNS