The much awaited historic move of shifting the entire parliamentary system from the circular Lutyens' building to the humongous lion-capitol-topped triangular edifice on Central Vista is all set to be performed today. As per media reports, the historic transfer procedure will initiate with a photo session and a function in the Central Hall of the old parliament building, following which PM Modi will walk to the new Parliament House, carrying a copy of the Constitution. All the MPs are expected follow him.
To address the special function in Central Hall of Parliament as seniormost parliamentarians, veteran politicians like former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, JMM leader Shibu Soren and BJP MP Maneka Gandhi have been invited today.
The Old Parliament Building
From Nehru's midnight hour speech to the adoption of the Constitution, the 96-year-old circular Lutyens' parliament building has witnessed countless revolutions in the landscape of Indian politics since it was opened in 1927.
The design of the edifice, an exemplary embodiment of British architecture, was the brainchild of British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker.
It has been repoted that the old building from now onwards will be "conserved, as it is an archaeological asset of the country."
The New Parliament Building
Back in May yjis year, the new parliament building on Kartavya Path, the heart of Delhi, was unveiled by PM Modi. The Lok Sabha Chamber of the new building has the capacity of 888 members while the Rajya Sabha Chamber holds the capacity of 300 people. For a joint sitting of both houses, 1,280 MPs can be accommodated in the Lok Sabha chamber.
Each Member of Parliament will have a 40 sq m office space in the redeveloped Shram Shakti Bhawan, which will be completed by 2024. The national archives will also move from the old building to the new.
The four-storey mammoth edifice has a built-up area of 64,500 square metres with three main gates -- Gyan Dwar, Shakti Dwar and Karma Dwar. Entrances are separate entrances for VIPs, MPs and visitors.
The building planners have drawn inspiration from temples and scriptures. It has a wall, Jan Janani Janmabhoomi, painted by grassroot artists. There are also three galleries to showcase music, crafts and architecture. The building showcases the country's glorious heritage, with contributions from artisans and sculptors from across the country, sources said.