The New Parliament Building stands in the commercial areas of Connaught Place in the National Capital, New Delhi. With its inauguration on May 28, 2023, here is all you need to know about the New Parliament and the news revolving around it.
The foundation stone for the new parliament building was laid on December 10, 2020, by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, and construction began in 2021. The reasons for constructing a New Parliament Building derive from the heritage, logic, and in-depth analysis of the 1927-built Parliament House, or the Sansad Bhavan. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, or officially a bicameral legislature, could never fit in the Parliament House, according to Apah and Central Vista’s views and concerns, which contributed to the restrictive seating arrangements.
In addition to the spaces, there were an inadequate number of rooms and offices to hold important meetings. With the insufficient internal infrastructure of the natural lighting, technological, electrical, and communication systems, modernization was required. Two significant reasons were safety and strength, as the 95-year-old Parliament House failed to provide safety measures regarding modern fire norms and evacuations. Since Delhi falls on three earthquake fault lines, namely Sohna, Mathura, and Delhi-Moradabad, the old Parliament House could not be tested for its structural strength.
With all these considered, the New Parliament House has been constructed with state-of-the-art safety and facilities, fully equipped to hold 888 parliamentarians in the Lok Sabha and 300 in the Rajya Sabha and numerous rooms for meetings across 65,000 square meters, according to sources. Furthermore, The Economic Times stated the incorporation of the National Bird-the Peacock, and the National Flower-the Lotus alongside important heritage buildings whose influences are seen in the new building.
DNA states, the antique Sengol Sceptre will give the New Parliament a glimmer of independence. Goldsmith Vummidi Bangaru Chetty constructed the sceptre under C. Rajagopalachari's orders as the last Governor General of India. The wand will be positioned near the Speaker of the House's seat, as confirmed by Union Minister Amit Shah. The term "sengol," which derives from the Tamil word "semmai," which means righteousness, was conceptualized in 1947 when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was asked about what would signify the transfer of power by the last British Viceroy.
A Look Inside the New Parliament Building of India highlights: "All of this can also be seen as an attempt to separate from the colonial legacy of the Old Parliament. The British colonizers initially constructed India’s parliament to signify their Imperial rule".
The preparations are set for the inauguration of the New Parliament Building on May 28, 2023. Numerous leaders, including Chief Ministers of all states and Union Territories, Secretaries of all ministries, and former Speakers of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, are invited. Industrialist Ratan Tata and Chief Architecture Bimal Patel are also invited, according to sources.
However, considering the present administration's decision to rename significant roads in Delhi, such as Rajpath, to the Kartavya path, sources have speculated that the New Parliament building may not be known as Parliament House. Also, a particular Rs75 rupee coin will be launched to commemorate the opening, as stated by the Ministry of Finance.
As per an article by The Times of India, there have been discussions about the Prime Minister solely dedicating the New Parliament Building on Sunday, excluding President Droupadi Murmu, followed by invitation from the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, as 20 parties plan to abstain and 17 parties plan to attend. Another article by TOI stated that the opposition parties issued a joint statement saying, "However, Prime Minister Modi's decision to open the new Parliament building by himself, completely ignoring President Murmu, is not only a serious insult but a direct attack on our democracy, which demands a commensurate response."
In addition, Article 79 of the Indian Constitution specifies that the President and two houses would make up the Union's Parliament, making the President both a crucial member of the Parliament and the head of state.
The threat to democracy has been the subject of opinions from numerous parties and leaders. The New Parliament eagerly anticipates the political and policy innovations that will shape India's future.
Edited by Whitney Edna Ibe
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