New Parliament Inauguration
New Parliament Inauguration: The Parliament House referred to as Sansad Bhavan in New Delhi is the seat of the Parliament of India. It houses the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha which are lower and upper houses respectively in India’s bicameral parliament. As part of India’s Central Vista Redevelopment Project, a new parliament building was constructed in New Delhi.
New Parliament Building Inauguration
The Parliament Inauguration Date was on 28th May 2023 by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. The inauguration ceremonies began in the morning, with PM Narendra Modi unveiling a plaque dedicating the building to the nation and addressing a gathering of lawmakers. As part of the inauguration, a historically significant gold scepter called the “Sengol” was installed in the new parliament building. During the new parliament building inauguration, many Hindu Rituals were performed.
The high priests of 21 ‘adheenams’ from Tamil Nadu consecrated the ‘Sengol’ and handed it over to the Prime Minister, who carried it in a ceremonial procession to the new Parliament building and installed it on the right side of the Lok Sabha Speaker’s chair.
New Parliament Building Location
The New Parliament Building is at a distance of 750 meters from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This is located on Sansad Marg which crosses the Central Vista and is surrounded by the Vijay Chowk, India Gate, National War Memorial, Vice President’s House, Hyderabad House, Secretariat Building, Prime minister’s office, and residence, ministerial buildings and other administrative units of the Indian government.
Parliament Inauguration News
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Parliament building on Sunday i.e. on 28th May 2023.
- At least 20 opposition parties boycotted the inauguration of the new Parliament building, contending that President Droupadi Murmu, being the head of the state, should have done the honors.
- Priests from the Sringeri Math of Karnataka performed the ceremonial Vastu Pooja. Priests from the same Math performed the rituals at the ground-breaking ceremony on December 10, 2020.
- While the old Parliament building took six years to complete, the new building, spread over a built-up area of 64,500 sqm, was ready in a record time of two and half years.
- The Lok Sabha Chamber has 888 seats, which can accommodate 1,272 members during a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. The Upper House chamber has 384 seats.
- The new building also has six new committee rooms and 92 rooms for use as offices for the Council of Ministers.
- The Prime Minister also released a commemorative postal stamp and a Rs 75 coin to mark the occasion.
- India will complete 100 years of Independence in the next 25 years, he said and urged every citizen to work towards a developed India during this period of “Azadi ka Amrit Kaal.
New Parliament Building
The construction of the new parliament building was started on 10th December 2020. The foundation stone of the new parliament building was laid by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on this day. Bimal Patel is the architect in charge of the redesign of Central Vista. The building is designed to have a lifespan of more than 150 years. It is designed to be earthquake-resistant and architectural styles from different parts of India are incorporated into it.The chambers for the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have large seating capacities to accommodate more members than are currently present, since the number of MPs may increase with India’s growing population and consequent future delimitation.
- The new complex has 888 seats in the Lok Sabha chamber and 384 seats in the Rajya Sabha chamber.
- The Lok Sabha chamber is able to house 1,272 members in case of a joint session.
- The building has a built area of 20,866 m2.
- The Parliament House has 3 entrances: Gyan Dwar, Shakti Dwar, and Karma Dwar.
- The new Parliament building has been designed to accommodate future requirements, with seats for 888 members in the Lok Sabha and 384 in the Rajya Sabha.
- The total cost of the construction of the new parliament building is ₹862 crore (US$110 million).