Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Thursday, laid the foundation stone of the new parliament building in New Delhi. 

The “Bhoomi Pujan” for the new parliament building was performed yesterday on the site, in New Delhi, by the Pujaris from Sringeri Math Karnataka. The foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attended by cabinet ministers, leaders from multiple political parties, and ambassadors of different countries. 

The new building is estimated to be of 64,500 sq. m and is expected to be completed by 2022. The building is supposed to be built in such a way so that it will have a grand Constitution Hall, that will showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for the members of the parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, a dining area, and enough parking space. The new building will also have the Lok Sabha Chamber which is to have 888 members seating capacity. The chamber can increase up to the capacity of 1,224 members during joint sessions. On the other hand, the Rajya Sabha will have 384 seats. 

The existing parliament house will be kept for retro purposes and will be used as a functional space for parliamentary events. It will ensure its usage with the new building. 

After the “pujan” the PM addressed everyone with a speech. He was quoted saying, “Aatmanirbhar Bharat is now unstoppable. The people of India should vow that nothing should be above the betterment of the country, it’s unity and prosperity. I have confidence that the new Parliament will inspire us and strengthen our democratic institutions.

The move to build a new parliament building is receiving both, positive as well as negative reactions from the Indian population.

ALSO READ: Update yourself with the news roundup for this week