TATA group to construct New Parliament Building
The TATA Group of Companies have won the bid to construct a new Parliament building. Total cost for the project is Rs 861.90 crores. It is expected to be completed in 21 months.
- The TATA Group had the lowest bid.
- The L and T had a bid of Rs 865 crores.
- The development project will have a common Central Secretariat, a new triangular Parliament building.
- The central chamber will be enlarged in order to accommodate 1400 members.
- The project will also revamp the three-kilometre-long Rajpath that extends from Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate.
- The entire project will be maintained by The Central Public Works.
- Shastri Bhawan and Krishi Bhawan will be demolished to facilitate the new Central Secretariat under the project.
- Further, the North and South Block will be converted into museums.
- The Rashtrapati Bhawan area to the ridge will be converted into biodiversity arboretum in order to showcase India’s biological diversity.
- The Current Parliament was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1912-1913.
- He was nominated after the King George V announced to shift the capital of India from Calcutta to Delhi in December 1911.
- The Parliament was opened on 8 January 1927 by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Irwin.
- Under the current plan, the secretariat including the North and South Block was designed by Herbert Baker.
- The Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, North and South Block, India Gate, and national archives are currently clubbed as the Central Vista.
- In 2006, The Parliament Museum was opened. It stands next to the Parliament House in the Parliamentary Library Building.
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