India’s New Parliament Building : Joint Statement Announcing Boycott
Twenty opposition parties recently issued a joint statement announcing a boycott of the inauguration of India’s new Parliament building.
- The new Parliament, constructed on the lines of the Central Vista buildings, is a triangular structure.
- It is built over an area of 64,500 square metres.
- It houses the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha, the Central Lounge and offices of constitutional authorities.
- The Lok Sabha, based on the theme of the national bird ‘peacock’, will have a capacity of 888 seats.
- The revamped Rajya Sabha hall, based on the theme of our national flower ‘lotus’, will have a capacity to seat 384 people.
- In the new building, two members will be able to sit side by side on each bench in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha Chambers.
- Each seat will be equipped with digital systems and touch screens.
- The new building will have a Constitution Hall for the purpose of showcasing India’s democratic heritage.
- It will have large committee rooms, with the latest audio-visual systems.
- There will be 92 rooms for the use of the Council of Ministers.
- The new Parliament complex is also ‘divyang-friendly’.
- With a focus on energy efficiency, the new complex is a “platinum-rated green building” and showcases India’s “commitment towards sustainable development.