Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone for the new Parliament building.
To mark the ‘bhoomi pujan’ ceremony, an all-faith religious prayer (Sarva Dharma Prarthana) was held at the new Parliament site.
Several dignitaries including Tata Trust Chairperson Ratan Tata, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others were present at the event.
The project is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore. However, no construction can take place as there are various pleas against the project are pending before the Supreme Court, said reports.
The new Parliament is said to exemplify ‘co-existence of the new and the old’ and is a milestone in the country’s history. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that it will be a prime example of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’.
The new building will have a central constitutional gallery which will be acessible to the public to learn about the Constitution and Parliament functioning. It will have a peacock themed Lok Sabha and a lotus themed Rajya Sabha. The Lower House will having a seating capapcity of 888 for ease of sitting for MPs, while there will be 384 seats in the Rajya Sabha chamber.
Also, the media and public gallery will have 530 seats so that there is a clear view of Parliament proceedings.
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