About the Parliament house
New Delhi is home to the Parliament House, popularly known as the Sansad Bhavan. Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, who were in charge of the British governments planning and building of New Delhi, created it. The structure took six years to construct, and Lord Irwin, the Viceroy and Governor-General of India at the time, performed the inauguration ceremony on January 18, 1927.
The building’s construction cost was $8.3 million (US$120,000). The parliament stands at a height of 21 meters (70 feet), has a diameter of 170 meters (560 feet), and occupies a total area of 2.29 hectares (5.66 acres). The Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, and Library halls are all located in the Central Hall. The four-story circular building that surrounds these three chambers provides lodgings for members and contains Parliamentary committees, offices, and the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
The current complex may be replaced with a new Parliament building. The new structure is being explored due to worries about the present complex’s stability. Meira Kumar, the former Speaker, has formed a group to offer alternatives to the present structure. The current facility, an 85-year-old edifice, lacks adequate capacity to accommodate members and their staffs and is suspected of having structural concerns.
Also because of its historical significance, the structure must be preserved. On December 10, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for the new Parliament Building and held the ground-breaking ceremony. The skyscraper is planned to be finished in 2022 at a cost of Rs.971 crore.