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New Parliament building

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New Parliament building:


Context:

Foundation stone of the new Parliament building.

  • This took place nearly a hundred years after the foundation for the existing Parliament was laid by Duke of Connaught on February 12, 1921.

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Key Points:

  1. It is expected that the structure would be completed by 2022, coinciding with 75 years of India’s independence.
  2. The theme of the new building would celebrate the cultural diversity of the country.
  3. It would also incorporate regional arts and crafts. Artisans and sculptures from across the country would be employed the complete the new structure making it a symbol of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India).
  4. In September this year, Tata Projects Limited won the bid to construct the new parliament building at cost of Rs 861.90 crore.
  5. The new building will be constructed close to the existing one under the Central Vista redevelopment project.

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What is Central Vista project that Supreme Court has halted?

  • It is a grand redevelopment project for building what will be the power corridor of India, having a new Parliament building, a common central secretariat and revamped three-km-long Rajpath, from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the India Gate.
  • The Supreme Court warned the government not to carry out any work on the Central Vista project until it decides on a bunch of 10 petitions challenging the mega redevelopment plan.

Sources: the Hindu.