Farewell colonial structure? Tatas win bid for new Parliament building

New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS): Construction major Tata Projects has won the bid to erect the federal Parliament's new building in place of the colonial-era structure here in the national capital. As per the available information, Tata Projects bid an amount of Rs 861.9 crore.

According to a company spokesperson: "We have emerged as the 'L1' in the comprehensive bidding process and are first in line to be awarded this prestigious contract to construct the new building of the Parliament."

The new Parliament building will come under the Central Vista redevelopment project. It will be constructed in close proximity to the existing Parliament Building and it is scheduled to be finished in 21 months.

"Tata Projects is honoured to be associated with this project and to accelerate India's development," the spokesperson told IANS.

The new Parliament is going to be a ground plus two-storey triangular-shaped building. The work for it is likely to start after the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament. The new Parliament building will have a built-up area of a whopping 60,000 metre square.

In what can be good news post-COVID when social distancing is the norm, both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha will have enlarged chambers in the new Parliament building. A parliamentarian today gets roughly 40 cm by 50 cm of space to sit while it will increase to 60 by 60 according to the new arrangement.

Last year August, both the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha chairman urged the Modi government to modernise the present British Raj era-Parliament building. However, much before that, it was former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who had pitched for a new Parliament building. She had said back then that the colonial building was showing "distress".

In fact, Mahajan had written to then urban development minister and now Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu urging the same. In her letter, she had pitched saying, "On account of ageing of the Parliament House building and expansion in activities, staff etc, the building has shown signs of distress and over utilisation. Under the circumstances, there is an imperative need for the construction of a new state-of-the-art Parliament building."

Interestingly, the matter was being talked about recently with certain members of the opposition questioning the funds required for this project. In fact, TMC leader Sougata Ray said, "You are ready to spend Rs 20,000 crore for Central Vista and you are taking away petty amounts from the MP".



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  • Sachidananda Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    Very good.... instead of giving freebee to anyone.... bring out such big projects so that people get business as well as employment opportunities to survive

    At this stage and period... no matter whether it is beneficial to entire Nation or not can be seen or discussed later

    Because, now we need to find more & more employment opportunities to common people

    Look at the Dubai scenario..... if no tourist coming to Dubai and no Construction..... even many Govt services are useless and job loss is imminent

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  • Krishna Dasa, Udupi,.

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    Today world we do not need new Parliament building in Delhi. All members of Parliament should be given a bungalow with local office in the center of their constituency and all Parliamentary business should be conducted on Zoom/virtual method. Delhi smog & traffic problem will be solved. Government will save millions in Transportation/travel/accommodation/security expenses of members of parliament.

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  • Arthur, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    Why does India have a Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha? The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are not performing their function to debate and discuss legislation. The current function of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha is to rubber stamp Modi/Shah bills. It is better to abolish the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and save the taxpayers' money.

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    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    We might ask whether we need such extravagance at such a time. I would say yes. If public works can put money into the hands of the labour force, and provide means of livelihood, yes we need it. But I sincerely hope that the new structure retains the grandeur of the old pieces of architecture, and does not settle down for something brutalist, and overly modernist to the eye.

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  • Eddison Dsouza, mangalore

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    Dont worry, the TATAs will subcontract it to the Chinese

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Is govt taking loan and awarding contract to TATA?????....Is this a priority now during testing times??????.....Anyway, finally now we are No. 1 in corona virus cases.

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  • Tom, udupi

    Thu, Sep 17 2020

    Dear Mr. Expert

    Construction activity will help generate direct and indirect employment.

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  • Aaron Fernandes, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Great new parliment looks good too. Love the triangular shape and the indian lion in the middle beautiful

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