7 interesting things you must know about India’s new Parliament
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen Sunday inaugurating India’s new Parliament building, part of the improved Central Vista project. Designed by prominent architect Bimal Patel, the construction of the iconic structure started in 2019.
From peacock-themed interiors to increased seating capacity, the design perfectly blends the ancient and the modern. Read on for seven interesting facts about the grand project and share with us what amused you the most in the comments.
- Since the plot of land the new Parliament is built on is a triangle, the building has also been given a triangular shape. Moreover, according to Patel, the shape is also a nod to the sacred geometry in various religions.
- The new structure’s design and materials are meant to complement the old one, with the two magnificent buildings expected to function as a single complex.
- The new Parliament has been built using green construction techniques. Compared to the old one, it is supposed to reduce electricity consumption by 30%. According to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, it is meant to function for the next 150 years. Water-recycling and rainwater-harvesting systems are also a part of the building.
- Since Delhi is in seismic zone V, the new Parliament has been readied to stand strong against any earthquake.
- Construction materials for the building have been sourced from across the country, including granite from Lakha Village in Jaisalmer and sandstone from Sarmathura in Dholpur. Similarly, the wood used in the decor has been sourced from Nagpur, with craftsmen from Mumbai providing the creative wooden architecture design.
- While the government is yet to make an announcement on the final cost of the new Parliament, the initial contract was given to Tata Projects for Rs 861.9 crore. But the cost soon revved up to Rs 971 crore. And now government officials say the cost has risen up to Rs 1,200 crore.
- All records are being digitized, in line with the new Parliament’s growing focus on an environment-friendly approach. Tablets and iPads will also become a norm.