Work on new Parliament to start in Dec.

Work on new Parliament to start in Dec.

Why in News ?

Construction on the new Parliament building, estimated to cost ₹970 crore, will start in December and likely to be completed by October 2022 

Key Points

  • The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs proposed a Central Vista redevelopment project in 2019.
  • The project envisages
    • Constructing a triangular Parliament building next to the existing one.
    • Constructing Common Central Secretariat.
    • Revamping of the 3-km-long Rajpath — from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.
  • North and South Block to be repurposed as

The government’s argument for revamping Central Vista:

  1. The Parliament building’s facilities and infrastructure are inadequate to meet the current demand.
  2. The offices of the Central Government are spread over different locations which affects inter-departmental coordination, and unnecessary travel leading to congestion and pollution.
  3. Most of the existing buildings have outlived their structural lives.

Important Facts –

  • Parliament House building was designed by both Lutyens and Baker.
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens.
  • The Secretariat which includes both north and south block was designed by Herbert Baker.


 



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