New Parliament to seat 888 in Lok Sabha chambers and 552 in Rajya Sabha

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The new Parliament building will complement the cream-coloured sandstone facade of the existing building and will have all national symbols reflected in its architecture, including a 21-feet high Ashoka Emblem atop the front face, said people privy to the information.

The new building, which is slated to hold the Winter Session of Parliament in 2022, as India completes 75 years of Independence, will be a five-star platinum rated modern building with all smart features. The building has been designed as per parameters of Seismic Zone -V, the highest zone as far as seismic activity is concerned. Delhi falls under Seismic Zone-IV.

The new building will integrate all national symbols of India – the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha interiors will be embellished with national bird peacock and national flower lotus references. The courtyard will have the national tree, banyan. Both the buildings will be like twin buildings with the new Parliament’s aesthetics and architecture taking reference from the present Parliament building and other older buildings in Central Vista. While the present Parliament is round, the new building will be triangular shaped but will have the same interplay of cream-coloured and darker shade of sandstone to harmonise the two buildings as “twin buildings”.

The new building will have a seating capacity of 888 in Lok Sabha chambers, against the current capacity of 552 in the present building, and Rajya Sabha will seat 384, against 245 now. This will be helpful when the present freeze on seats is lifted in 2026, said government officials.

“We are building the new Parliament for 250 years. It has been designed for Seismic Zone V,” said secretary (housing and urban affairs) DS Mishra.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reviewed the progress of the project on Monday. So far, 30% of the work has been completed. Mishra said the project is on track for meeting the October 2022 deadline. While the main building will be readied for the winter session of Parliament next year, MP chambers will be readied by 2023. Apart from the main project site, work is on in more than 20 locations across India to source teakwood, sandstone and other famous works.

Ashoka Emblem is being prepared in Aurangabad and Ashok Chakra in Indore, teakwood work in Nagpur, carpets are being sourced from Mirzapur, stone jail work from Rajnagar in Rajasthan, bamboo flooring from Agartala and sandstone from Sirmathura and other places.

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