Facts Box: New Parliament Building to be constructed by TATA

The TATA Group of Companies recently won the bid to construct a new Parliament building for Rs 861.90 crores. The project is expected to be completed in 21 months from the start of construction.

Highlights

The L and T had submitted a bid of Rs 865 crores. The TATA Group was the lowest bidder. The development project of Central Vista will envisage a common Central Secretariat, a new triangular Parliament building and will revamp the three-kilometre-long Rajpath that extends from Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate.

The Central Public Works Department is the principal agency to maintain all the government assets in India. According to the agency the new building is to come up at plot number 118 of the Parliament House estate.

About the central Vista

The new Central Vista can accommodate more MPs than that of the previous building. It will provide 1400 seating arrangements to the members. The building is to be constructed with Reinforced cement concrete frame structure.

Buildings to be demolished

The Government of India will demolish building structures such as Shastri Bhawan and Krishi Bhawan to facilitate the new Central Secretariat under the project.

History

In December 1911, King George V announced to shift the capital of India from Calcutta to Delhi. The announcement was made in Delhi Durbar. Durbar is Grand assembly.  Delhi Durbar was hosted to mark the coronation of King George V.

After the coronation, King George V nominated Edwin lutyens to construct a new capital city. The current Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhawan was designed by Edwin lutyens. The secretariat that includes North and South Block was designed by Herbert Baker.

The central Vista currently houses Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, North and South Block, India Gate, and national archives.

What is the plan?

North and South Block or to be converted into museums.  The Rashtrapati Bhawan area to the ridge is to be turned into biodiversity arboretum.  It will showcase India’s biological diversity.

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