New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the newly constructed parliament building on May 28, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said in a statement.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla met Modi on Thursday, May 18, to extend an invitation to inaugurate the new building, PTI reported the Secretariat as saying.
According to the Indian Express, the Lok Sabha statement said, “Construction of the New Parliament Building is complete now and the new building symbolises the spirit of self-reliant India (Atmanirbhar Bharat).”
“In both the Houses, there was also a lack of convenient arrangements for the sitting of the MPs which was affecting efficiency of work of the members. Considering the above, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed resolutions urging the government to construct a new building for the parliament,” the statement said.
The new parliament building can seat 888 members in the Lok Sabha chamber and 300 in the Rajya Sabha chamber, it said.
In case of a joint sitting of both the Houses, a total of 1,280 members can be accommodated in the Lok Sabha chamber.
The prime minister had laid the foundation stone of the new parliament building on December 10, 2020.
The present building of the parliament was completed in 1927, and is now 96 years old.