Speaker Sumitra Mahajan writes to Naidu, pitches for new Parliament building

Mahajan gave two options for the new building. One option for construction of the new building would be within the Parliament complex itself which would require relocation of certain facilities and services, she said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 28, 2015 11:17 am
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India may get a new Parliament building with latest technological facilities as a proposal has been mooted by Lok Sabha Speaker who has said the existing 88-year-old structure is showing signs of “distress” and will no longer be able to meet the growing demand for space.

She has written to Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu asking him to consider initiating action for construction of a new Parliament building and suggested two options for the alternative site, one within the Parliament complex itself and another across the Rajpath, sources told PTI on Sunday.

The sources said the possible follow-up to the letter is that the Urban Development Ministry will prepare a note for the Cabinet where the matter could be considered.

While giving various reasons for constructing a new building, the Speaker has said that the number of seats in Lok Sabha is likely to go up after 2026 “in accordance with the provisions of the explanation to clause (3) Article 81 of the
Constitution” while the present seating capacity of the House is 550 without any scope for increasing it any further.

The sources explained that the number of seats in Lok Sabha may go up after 2026 because of this clause in Article 81 which determines representation on the basis of population determined by the last census (possibly 2021 census).

In her letter, Mahajan has said, “On account of ageing of the Parliament House building and expansion in activities, staff etc, the building has shown signs of distress and over utilization…Under the circumstances, there is an imperative need for the construction of a new state-of-art Parliament building.”

She argued that when the present structure was commissioned in 1927, the number of staff, security personnel, media visitors and parliamentary activities were limited but over the years, the parliamentary activities and number of people working there and visitors have increased manifold.

With the expanding scope of Parliamentary oversight functions, increase in number of committees and security requirements, the demand for space has increased several times, the Speaker has underlined.

There are also plans, keeping in view the technological advancements, to equip the MPs with latest gadgets to enable them to make the best possible use of technological tools available and to make Parliament paperless, she said.

“This would also require re-designing and refurbishing of the sitting arrangements in the Lok Sabha Chamber. Whereas there are limitations to this in the present sitting arrangements in the Chamber, a new building will offer better scope for a modern Parliament building equipped with latest technological tools,” Mahajan said.

Since the building has been declared as ‘Heritage Grade-I’ structure, there are several limitations on the structural repairs, additions, alterations and modifications to it, the Speaker has said.

She gave two options for the new building. One option for construction of the new building would be within the Parliament complex itself which would require relocation of certain facilities and services, she said.

The second option could be the other side of Rajpath, which is “suitably large area and would enable a free design of a new Parliament House building”, Mahajan said.

She suggested that an underground link beneath Rajpath may be constructed to provide connectivity between the existing building and the proposed new complex.

About a year back, a suggestion to build a new Parliament was reportedly made at a meeting of Budget Committee of
Parliament including Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai, Public Accounts Committee Chairman K V Thomas and Estimates Committee Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi.

Thomas had said that the existing building was “old” and a new Parliament building should be thought of as provision needed to be made for the next 100 years.

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    Gauri kanta
    Apr 28, 2016 at 11:31 am
    All MP are need to think for our new generation. Scholar of India are fighting out side of our country for their engagement,Why not in India.We the people are not giving the dignity of their scholar.They are doing hard work in the outside of India due to unemployment.
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      Gauri kanta
      Apr 28, 2016 at 11:38 am
      Hence MP and Minister are need to give importance for common people of India.They should not think for their family and fat bank account for them.They need to think all subject matter.It is also important to build a new parliament,but also need to think for all old building as I mentioned.
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        Gauri kanta
        Apr 28, 2016 at 11:13 am
        Safety is impotent for all old building,Parliament,School,Collage,University,Office building,etc.etc.but parliament need to consider all this things.Shouting in parliament for save their corruption and taken advantage by the MP,Minister is not good ,they need to observed equally for equal development.It is fact no work in parliaments except shouting and given protection by each other.All scams are need to give CBI for find out the cause,by whom it was done.It should be come to the notice of common people of India.
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          Gauri kanta
          Apr 28, 2016 at 11:35 am
          Still India depend small small item from other country,those are possible to make in India,In any festival of India children playing items are coming from China.Why government is not giving scope to our small scale Industry to make the item within our country.Any items supply from out side means corruption.
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            vijay
            Dec 28, 2015 at 6:46 am
            Instead of ODD-EVEN scheme better to shift Parliament out of Delhi to central India location
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              Proudly_Shameless
              Dec 28, 2015 at 4:07 am
              Wasn't a budget approved by Meira Kumar many years back to construct a new parliament? Again? And again and again? Don't worry. Continue to run the business shamelessly on British built building.
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                Indian_Tramp
                Dec 28, 2015 at 4:12 am
                July 14, 2012 news: "New Delhi: Parliament may have a new building in place of the existing 85-year-old heritage structure with Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar giving approval for setting up a high-powered committee to suggest an alternative complex."/------------ December 26, 2025 news:"See above"/-------- After a few years: "See above but change the year of the parliament building to 95 years" And we all lived happily thereafter!
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                  MKN
                  Dec 28, 2015 at 4:14 am
                  Indians should pluck their tongues in shame.
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                    Amrita
                    Dec 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm
                    There is no work happening in Parliament and the politicians are reacting with alacrity to the proposal. The only issue they react equally well to is pay hikes. India strongly resists any move for a new building. Ive noted that the PM is not in favour. Ask the people and they will give you a resounding no. There a zillion issues which are more important to the average Indian.
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                      Bangalorean
                      Dec 28, 2015 at 4:09 am
                      We are living in a age where physical presence is diminishing very fast to perform any job, collaborate and working together with one motive.. Why not having 3-4 locations across country working together with help of technology? It can also support increased number of representatives looking at the growth India has seen in all these years? Look at Tele-Presence. India can build her first and largest tele-presence supported parliamentary system.
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                        sb
                        Dec 28, 2015 at 3:15 pm
                        Why they want new Parliament to disrupt? Why cant they disrupt in the old one anymore?
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                          Tarnish_Gheesodia
                          Dec 28, 2015 at 7:50 am
                          instead of new buliding distribute the money to poors
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                            Gopal
                            Dec 28, 2015 at 4:11 am
                            A new building is definitely needed
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                              Vikas
                              Dec 28, 2015 at 5:20 am
                              How about moving parliament out of delhi? It will reduce the VIP raj and help reduce the pollution
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                                Mouli Paul Dhara
                                Dec 28, 2015 at 5:11 am
                                Why not strengthen it with the experts? Spend wisely considering all options.
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                                  pinakin n
                                  Dec 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm
                                  when parliament does not function: it neither debates nor pes any bills (only chaos) then, where is the need for a new building ? why waste tax-payers' hard-earned money? Instead, spend those funds for drought-affected relief across India.
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                                    Champion
                                    Dec 28, 2015 at 4:59 am
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                                      Champion
                                      Dec 28, 2015 at 4:59 am
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                                        S Murugesan
                                        Dec 28, 2015 at 4:52 am
                                        The entire capital must be shifted from Delhi to Madhyapradesh 1) for easy access from all states 2) to avoid congestion and pollution 3) to provide security from external threats from any neighbouring states
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                                          Observer
                                          Dec 28, 2015 at 5:34 am
                                          The Chief Justice of India also ought to seek latest status report on fast track courts pending for construction, infrastructure therein, operationalising them etc from different Chief Justices of High Courts in the country incldg. in Delhi and its surrounding states. Based on this latest report on special courts completion/availability position, the Chief Justice of India needs to send urgent reminders to concerned Ministers in Delhi for completion of the fast track courts on fast track basis and also ask the chief justices in concerned states to take urgent follow up measures with the concerned authorities in the state. Let these reminders and follow ups for fast track courts be completed in January next year.
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                                            s s nair
                                            Dec 28, 2015 at 8:20 am
                                            Whatever one wants to do, do it within 4 years as the BJP's next term is doubtful and nearly written off.
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