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New Parliament building will be the ‘real’ Parliament of India: Central Vista design consultant

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New Parliament building will be the ‘real’ Parliament of India: Central Vista design consultant
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New Parliament building will be the ‘real’ Parliament of India: Central Vista design consultant
New Parliament building will be the ‘real’ Parliament of India: Central Vista design consultant

NEW DELHI: The urban designer and architect for the Central Vista redevelopment project, Bimal Patel said on Saturday that the New Parliament Building will be the “real” Parliament of India.
Speaking at an event organized by a private TV channel, where Union housing minister Hardeep Singh Puri was also present, Patel said, “It was a Council House meant to house very few people which we repurposed as Parliament for India. So, for the first time, we are getting a real Parliament for India.”
In responding to a question on the expenses related to the PM House component, the minister said there is a false narrative about the cost of Rs 20,000 crore. He said the new buildings including the PM residence, VP Enclave and nine other buildings along the Rajpath will be modern, sustainable and efficient.
“When I tell Bimal let’s retain one building, Bimal says no it’s not efficient and I defer to his judgment,” Puri said. He refused to take the name of the building saying it would be “unfair”.
There has been a lot of debate over whether the less than a decade old Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan which houses the external affairs ministry will be demolished. TOI on December 4 had first reported the government plan to demolish this building to create space for a seven-storey building.
On the need for the new Parliament, Patel said while the current Lok Sabha was designed for only 150, now it accommodates over 500 MPs. He added there is simply no space. Puri also said the existing Parliament was designed to be the Council House of colonial power. “These are the hard facts,” the minister said, adding that the need for a new parliament was felt earlier and the then Lok Sabha Speaker during the UPA government had written to the urban affairs ministry for planning a new Parliament.

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