Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday said that the old Parliament building would now be called 'Samvidhan Sadan' as the proceedings of the Parliament began in the new building today.
Birla clarified that henceforth the official terms such as 'House'. 'Lobby' and 'Galleries' during the Lok Sabha proceeding will indicate the new building which is now the Parliament House of India. He reportedly said, "The building where we gathered in the morning will now be known as Samvidhan Sadan."
The Old Parliament Building Renamed
Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed the old Parliament building 'Samvidhan Sadan' on Tuesday while attending the function held at the Central Hall of the old building.
PM Modi said, "My suggestion is that as we are going to the new building, the glory of this building should never decline. It should not be called just the old Parliament... It can be named Samvidhan Sadan."
Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Tuesday gathered at the historic Central Hall of the old Parliament building for the function.
What happens to the Samvidhan Sadan now?
According to an NDTV report, a government official has said that the Centre will be modifying the Samvidhan Sadan for 'functional spaces for Parliamentary events'.The official has also said that "The historic structure will be conserved, as it is an archaeological asset of the country."
The national archives will be shifted to the new building as well.
The Samvidhan Sadan was constructed between 1921 and 1927 and saw some of the historic events of Indian history including the declaration of the Independence of India and the drafting of the Indian Constitution.