Historic Move: New Building Officially Becomes Parliament of India
Written by Sanjay Kumar
In a monumental shift, the Indian Parliament marked a historic transition today as it officially moved from the iconic circular Lutyens building to the imposing triangular edifice adorned with a majestic lion capital, standing tall on Central Vista, symbolizing the dawn of a New India. Here are the top 10 key points surrounding this significant event:
PM Leads the Way: After a ceremonial photo session and a special event held in the Central Hall of the former parliament building, Prime Minister Modi led the way to the new Parliament House, carrying a copy of the Constitution. All Members of Parliament (MPs) followed him on foot, eventually convening in their respective chambers within the new parliament.
Honoring Senior Parliamentarians: Distinguished former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Shibu Soren, and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Maneka Gandhi were invited to address a special function in the Central Hall of Parliament in recognition of their seniority and contributions to Indian politics.
Out with the Old: The 96-year-old Lutyens building, inaugurated in 1927 and known for hosting pivotal events like Jawaharlal Nehru’s historic “midnight hour” speech and the adoption of the Indian Constitution, was deemed inadequate for contemporary needs. Its lack of modern info-tech facilities and office space for MPs necessitated the move.
Preservation of Heritage: The Lutyens building, a masterpiece designed by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, will be preserved as an archaeological treasure of the nation, according to reliable sources.
PM Modi’s Address: During his address at the inaugural session of the new parliament, Prime Minister Modi expressed hope for the future and paid tribute to the 7,500 MPs who have served within the historic walls. He also reflected on significant milestones achieved over the past nine years, such as the abrogation of Article 370 and the implementation of the “One Nation One Tax” GST.
New Parliament Building: In May, Prime Minister inaugurated the new parliament building on Kartavya Path, the heart of Delhi. It boasts seating for 888 members in the Lok Sabha chamber and 300 in the Rajya Sabha chamber, with the capacity to accommodate 1,280 MPs during joint sittings.
MP Office Space: Each Member of Parliament will be provided with a spacious 40 sq m office in the revamped Shram Shakti Bhawan, a project set to be completed by 2024. Additionally, the national archives will relocate from the old building to the new one.
Architectural Marvel: The four-story structure spans a vast area of 64,500 square meters, featuring three main gates—Gyan Dwar, Shakti Dwar, and Karma Dwar. It offers separate entrances for VIPs, MPs, and visitors, with composite animals guarding every doorway.
Inspired by Tradition: Drawing inspiration from temples and scriptures, the new parliament building showcases the nation’s rich heritage. The wall, “Jan Janani Janmabhoomi,” is adorned with artwork by grassroots artists, and there are three galleries dedicated to music, crafts, and architecture, all featuring contributions from artisans and sculptors from across the country.
Emblem of India’s Glory: The new Parliament House stands as a symbol of India’s aspirations, combining tradition with modernity, as the country embarks on a new chapter in its parliamentary history.
The move to the new parliament building represents a significant step forward in India’s political landscape, blending architectural marvels with the spirit of democracy that continues to guide the nation.
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