New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's proposal for construction of a new Parliament building to meet the future requirements for space might turn into a reality after the BJP-led Central government on Friday favored on having it constructed behind Vayu Bhawan on Rajpath in near future.
Citing Urban Development ministerial sources, a report in The Times of India said that the new building can be connected to the existing Parliament complex through a tunnel across Rajpath, but the construction would take at least five to six years.
In December last year, it was reported that the Speaker had written to the Urban Development Ministry with demand for a new complex, reasoning that the 88-year-old building was showing ‘signs of distress’ and that it would no longer be able to meet the growing demand for space.
If all goes well, the new Parliament House will be built behind Vayu Bhawan on Rajpath.
In the letter, Ms. Mahajan didn’t quite seem pleased with her idea of building the new site within the existing complex since it was a heritage structure and had limitations on refurbishments or structural repairs.
Mahajan had added that in the coming days, the strength of the Lok Sabha could increase after a fresh delimitation and the present structure will find it difficult to accommodate more people.
Also in an effort to make Parliament paper-free, she wanted members to access the House documents online inside the Lok Sabha chambers. "But there is no space to put computers,” she wrote.
The Parliament House was commissioned in 1927 in keeping with the limited demands of staff, security personnel, media visitors and parliamentary activities of the time. But over the years, activities at the Parliament complex as well as the number of personnel have increased manifold.
Written by Mayank Mohanti