new Delhi : The construction work of the new Parliament building is to begin today under the Central Vista project. Sources said that the next day of Makar Sankranti is considered auspicious for the beginning of such projects. Earlier this week, a 14-member heritage panel approved the construction of the new parliament building under the government’s ambitious Central Vista Redevelopment Plan. Official sources said, ‘The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has asked Tata Projects Limited to start construction of the new Parliament House from January 15. The next day of Makar Sankranti is considered auspicious time to start such projects. ‘ The new building is to be constructed by Tata Projects Limited. The Central Vista Redevelopment Project includes the construction of the new Triangular Parliament Building and Common Central Secretariat, the redevelopment of the three-kilometer long Rajpath from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, the construction of a new Prime Minister’s residence and office and the construction of a new enclave for the Vice President. Sources said that Tata Projects has started collecting machines etc. to start work on this ambitious project of the government. The Heritage Conservation Committee approved the new parliament building project on Monday.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had asked the central government to get approval from the committee and other concerned authorities before starting the construction work. As per the plan, the redevelopment of Rajpath will begin soon after the Republic Day celebrations. The work is expected to be completed in 10 months and the Republic Day celebrations in 2022 will be held at the redeveloped Rajpath. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament House last month. It is expected that its construction will be completed by the 75th Independence Day. It is estimated to cost about Rs 971 crore. The new building is to be constructed in front of the existing Parliament House built about 94 years ago. At that time, this building, built at a cost of 83 lakh rupees, will be converted into a museum. The new building will have halls for Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, which will have a capacity of 888 and 384 seats respectively. These are being constructed keeping in mind the increase in the Members of Parliament to be held in 2026. There will be a seating arrangement of 1,272 people in the Lok Sabha hall so that a joint session can be organized.