India breaks ground on new parliament building

11 December 2020 (Last Updated December 11th, 2020 10:12)

India has started the construction of its new parliament building in Delhi under the government's Central Vista redevelopment project.

India breaks ground on new parliament building
The foundation for India’s current parliament building was laid by Duke of Connaught in February 1921. Credit: Shahnoor Habib Munmun.

India has started the construction of its new parliament building in Delhi under the government’s Central Vista redevelopment project.

Construction is expected to be completed in August 2022, in time for the country’s 75th Independence Day.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the parliament building, which is being developed by Tata Projects.

Designed by Gujarat-based architecture firm HCP Designs, the building will spread over 64,500m². It will have the capacity to house 1,244 Member of Parliaments (MPs).

The Lok Sabha chamber will have capacity for 888 MPs while the Rajya Sabha will be able to sit 384 MPs.

The new parliament building will feature a Constitution Hall that will reflect the democratic heritage of the country. It will also feature a lounge for MPs, a library, several committee rooms, dining areas, and ample parking space.

A monitoring committee consisting of members from the Lok Sabha Secretariat, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the CPWD, the NDMC, and the architect will oversee the construction of the $130m project.

The current parliament building will be converted to offer more functional spaces for parliament events.

The government’s Central Vista plan involves building and refurbishing the government buildings on part of the 3km Rajpath that spans from Rashtrapati Bhavan to the country’s iconic war memorial, India Gate.

The foundation for India’s current parliament was laid by the Duke of Connaught in February 1921.