On 10 December 2020, PM Narendra Modi with other Parliament members did a groundbreaking ceremony of the New Parliament Building. The New Parliament Building is a mega architecture project of India. One of the pin-pointing features is the new interior theme.
The architectural importance of the new building will represent “Atamnirbhar Bahrat“, as our Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The new building will be the amalgamation of the new and the ancient and will reflect the spirit of fostering change in oneself adapting to changing circumstances“.
He also stated, "Over the last 100 years, several modifications have been made to the current building to the point where even the building requires rest".
These statements have created enough hype, so let’s list the features of the new parliament. Thus, Here’s are the Things to Know about the New Parliament House and Have a look at some of the features.
Project Details of the New Parliament House
Contactor: TATA Projects Ltd.
Architect: HCP Design, Planning, and Management.
According to sources, the estimated cost for the new parliament building is around Rs 970 crores. This will replace the old colonial parliament built by the Britishers.
The existing parliament building’s design is for the Imperial Legislative Council. The building is an inspiration from the Ekattarso Mahadev Temple in Madhya Pradesh.
Whereas, the New Parliament House is built with a focus on ‘ Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. The main theme behind parliament is to represent cultural and regional India.
The proposed area of the new building is about 64,500 m2. Whereas, the old building was in an area of 17,000 m2. This is obvious that the new building is going to be more elegant than the existing parliament.
There are three premises proposed, Lok Sabha hall, Rajya Sabha hall, and the central lounge. Each one has a different theme representing national symbols.
Rajya Sabha – Lotus (National Flower)
Log Sabha – Peacock (National Bird)
Central Lounge – Banyan Tree (National tree)
The symbolic representation will give aesthetic look. Along with the theme, the abstract peacock feather for panels, intricate wooden jails abound, lotus motifs for roofs, and floral inlay patterns are planned to enhance cultural essences. Interior Theme will be an amalgamation of cultural and digital advancement.
Capacity of the New Parliament House
The proposed Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are built with more capacity than the old one.
Lok Sabha will have 384 member seats instead of 245 and similarly, Rajya Sabha will have 888 members seats. There is an increment in the parking area too, the current parliament has space to park 110 vehicles and the new will provide space for 1,100 vehicles parking.
Parliament can be classified into three major sections, that is Lok Sabha hall, Rajya Sabha, and a lounge in the courtyard. The location of the Lok Sabha will be on the ground floor. Other construction includes an office for the Prime Minister and Ministers, Other rooms and dining hall are proposed to be on the above two floors And an extended media gallery is also excepted. The seating arrangement will be the same as the older one with more seats and space.
Everything is digitalized along with architectural enhancement. Thus, there are going to be a multilingual graphical user interface, digital ink based nameplates, and dual authentication based biometrics.