PM Narendra Modi went to the construction site of the new parliament building in New Delhi at around 8.45 pm today. (ANI)
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday visited the construction site of the new Parliament building in New Delhi at around 8.45 pm.
He spent almost an hour at the site and did a first-hand inspection of the construction status of the new parliament building.
The new building is being constructed close to the existing one under the Central Vista redevelopment project and it is expected to be completed in 21 months from the start of construction work.
The redevelopment project of Central Vista -- the nation's power corridor -- envisages a new triangular Parliament building, a common central secretariat and revamping of the 3-km-long Rajpath, from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate
According to the plan, the new Parliament building, which will have separate offices for all MPs, will be equipped with the latest digital interfaces as a step towards creating 'paperless offices'.
The new building will also have a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India's democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.
Five statues, including that of Mahatma Gandhi and Bhim Rao Ambedkar, at the existing Parliament complex are likely to be relocated temporarily and they would be reinstalled once the construction work of the new Parliament building is completed.
The iconic 16-feet high statue of Mahatma Gandhi is located opposite Gate Number 1 of Parliament House.
The statue greets visitors entering Parliament House and has also been the location of gatherings, protests and press interactions by MPs.