With the announcement of a new Parliament building and new flats ready for the Members of Parliament in India, let us look at their importance and the reaction.
Crux of the Matter
On 10 December 2020, PM Modi laid the stone for the new Parliament building. The building is a part of the Central Vista Project, which would cost a total of ₹20,000 crores. The current Parliament, designed by Edwin Lutyens, was completed in January 1927; it would be converted into a museum now.
The new building would be constructed by Tata Projects Limited. It would include regional artwork from all over India and would have a library, multiple committee rooms, a new Constitution Hall, etc.
The new construction has been praised for enhanced audio-visual facilities, seating arrangements, emergency provisions, structural safety standards, etc. However, it has drawn criticism in the face of the current Covid-19 pandemic and its severe impact on the economy and healthcare.
Why a 1,000-crore new Parliament when half of India is hungry, losing livelihood due to coronavirus. When thousands died as the Great Wall of China was being built, the rulers said it was to protect people. To protect whom are you building the Rs1,000-crore Parliament? Please answer my honourable elected PM.Kamal Haasan, Actor and Founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM)
Flats Replace Bungalows For MPs
- 23 Nov 2020: PM Modi virtually inaugurated new flats for Members of Parliament.
- Located on Dr BD Marg, New Delhi.
- Construction completed with 14% savings of sanctioned cost and without delay.
Specifications Of The Flat
Green Building norms have been followed in the buildings including:
- Bricks made from “fly ash and construction and demolition waste”.
- Double-glazed windows for “thermal insulation and energy efficiency”.
- Rainwater harvesting system and rooftop solar plant.
‘Flat Off’ On Area
- 8 bungalows (over 80 years old) were “redeveloped” to build 76 flats in place, which PM Modi inaugurated.
- India currently has 788 MPs (543 Lok Sabha and 245 Rajya Sabha).
- Similar flat development would reduce the residential area occupied by MPs by 9.5 times.
- Edwin Lutyens, in collaboration with Sir Herbert Baker, was responsible for the construction of the India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- Robert Tor Russell designed Teen Murti Bhavan, the Eastern and Western Courts on Janpath 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, Safdarjung Airport, National Stadium, Delhi, and several colonial mansions and the Connaught Place.
- Indian Parliament has similarities with 64 Yogini temples of Morena, Madhya Pradesh. The temple was built in the 11th century.