Amidst the flurry of debate around the Central Vista project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone and do the bhoomi poojan of the new Parliament building on December 10th. 

What’s the budget of the new Parliament? When will the construction of the new Parliament building complete? What is its budget? Here’s all you would want to know and more: 

First things first, how will the new Parliament look like?

The new Parliament building will be spread over 64,500 square meters with a triangular structure. The new building will be of the same height so that both the old and the new ones are in symmetry. The new building will have a ground floor, a first and a second floors as the old one did.

Housing a constitution hall, a lounge for the Members of Parliament, dining areas and libraries, the new building will also have separate offices for the MPs and will be ladened with all digital equipment. 

It will also include regional arts and crafts, for which artists and artisans around the nation will be employed. Thus, the new building will celebrate two major themes: cultural diversity & self reliant India. 

How many MPs of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha can be housed here?

The Lok Sabha will be able to host 888 Members of Parliament while the Rajya Sabha will have the seating capacity of 384. This is more than the current holding capacity of 543 Lok Sabha members and 245 Rajya Sabha members. A foresight has been used in the design of this new building, as the members of the two houses may increase in future. 

Sounds neat! Who has planned this building?

Ahmedabad based urban planner Bimal Patel has undertaken the behemoth task of planning and designing the new parliament building. His previous works include the construction of Kashi Vishwanath Corridor, restoration of Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and revamping Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 2001.

What is the whole budget of this building? 

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla announced that the new building will be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 971 crore. It was Tata Projects that won the bid for the contract at the cost of 861.9 in September this year under the Central Vista Project.

What is this Central Vista Project?

In a nutshell, Central Vista Project is a redevelopment plan that will stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister’s office, Prime Minister’s residence and other key political establishments will be revamped under this project. 

When will the new Parliament building’s construction end?

This new structure of democracy is likely to be ready around the budget session of 2022.

But wait, what about the existing Parliament building?

The existing parliament building will be suitably used for other Parliamentary events.