Underground tunnels will link the upcoming residence of the Prime Minister, the Vice-President’s house and chambers of MPs to the new Parliament building
Bengaluru: Underground tunnels will link the upcoming residence of the Prime Minister, the Vice-President’s house and chambers of MPs. What this will do is that it will ensure lesser disruption amid VIP movements in and around the Parliament.
However, the residence of the President of India will not be linked. This is because his visit to the Parliament is not frequent. Moreover, his residence is still some distance away and does not need to be linked.
Times of India reports that the underpass will be single-lane and will be exclusive to these VIPs.
“In the proposed development at the Central Vista, as a strategy to improve public access in the area for visitors and tourists, the routes of VIPs that need high security are segregated from regular public movement routes. The residences of the Vice President and the Prime Minister, and the chambers for the MPs are proposed in close proximity to the Parliament building,” one of the sources quoted in the report said.
Some features of the new Parliament building:
The new Parliament will be built across an area of 64,500 square metres, with a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India's democratic heritage. It will have a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas, and ample parking space.
It is to be noted that the new Lok Sabha chamber will have a seating capacity of 888 members. It will have an option to increase its sitting capacity to 1,224 members during joint sessions. This has been done keeping in mind the future increase in the number of members for the two houses.
The new Parliament building will be constructed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore.
The existing Parliament will be converted into a museum. It is an 85-year-old structure and has stability issues.
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Last Updated Mar 4, 2021, 2:01 PM IST