The Supreme Court on Monday gave the green signal for the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new Parliament building. At the same time the SC also stressed on the fact that no construction or demolition will be allowed it disposes please opposing the Central Vista Project.
The Supreme Court is not happy with the central government for the fact that they have decided to go ahead with the construction work for the new parliament even while there is litigation pending. A bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar expressed its concerns regarding this.
“We have shown deference to you and expected that you will act in a prudent manner. The same deference should be shown to the Court and there should be no demolition or construction,” said Justice Khanwilkar.
However, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, assured the SC that no construction, demolition or felling of trees will be done during the construction of the new parliament building.
The foundation stone laying ceremony will be done by PM Narendra Modi, which will be attended by leaders and representatives of various parties, either physically or virtually.
In the new Parliament building, the Lok Sabha chamber will be allocated 888 seats while the Rajya Sabha chamber will have 384 seats. Currently, the strength of Lok Sabha is 543 and that of Rajya Sabha 245.
The building is going to come up in an area of 64,500 sq m and its estimated cost would be Rs 971 crore. The sturdy building will be earthquake-resistant, and adaptable to the most modern digital technology.
It will also boast indigenous architecture from different parts of the country, and will be an epitome of the cultural diversity of the country.