Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan puts forward proposal for modern Parliament BuildingBengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Dec 28, 11:35 AM IST
India might get a very new Parliament building equipped with all technological facilities as pitched by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Mahajan said the structure is 88 years old and has started showing signs of distress and it is insufficient to meet the growing demands for more space.
She has written to M Venkaiah Naidu, Urban Development Minister, asking him to take action for constructing a new building and also suggested two sites – one across the Rajpath and second in the Parliament complex itself. She said the first option is “suitably large area and would enable a free design of a new Parliament House building”.
The Urban Development Ministry will send a note to the Cabinet for further consideration.
The speaker said "in accordance with the provisions of the explanation to clause (3) Article 81 of the Constitution", the number of Lok Sabha seats is likely to go high after 2026 and the present housing capacity of Parliament is 550 and cannot be increased further with the available space.
The speaker said in her letter, “On account of ageing of the Parliament House building and expansion in activities, staff etc, the building has shown signs of distress and over utilization...Under the circumstances, there is an imperative need for the construction of a new state-of-art Parliament building."
Mahajan also suggested construction of an underground link to link old and new facilities.
She further mentioned that the present building was built in 1927 and the number of govt. officials, media visitors and security personnel was fixed, but now it has increased tremendously.
With the increasing oversight functions of Parliament, the committee and security requirements has also increased. She said, “There are also plans, keeping in view the technological advancements, to equip the MPs with latest gadgets to enable them to make the best possible use of technological tools available and to make Parliament paperless.”
Mahajan further added, “This would also require re-designing and refurbishing of the sitting arrangements in the Lok Sabha Chamber. Whereas there are limitations to this in the present sitting arrangements in the Chamber, a new building will offer better scope for a modern Parliament building equipped with latest technological tools.”
The Parliament building has been declared as “Heritage Grade-I” structure and so it imposes limitations on its alterations and modifications or any structural repairs.