New Delhi: The new parliament building of India started its Lok Sabha proceedings on Tuesday and tabled women reservation bill of 33% in the parliament and state assemblies. The new parliament building was located adjacent to the old building. PM named the women reservation bill as “Naari Shakthi Vandana”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address at the new building said that New Parliament building reflects the aspirations of 140 crore Indians. He also said that we should forget all past bitterness, when we are starting a new chapter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a walk from old building to new building on Tuesday at 1:00pm along with all Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs. Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also walked along with the Prime Minister. The remaining members are followed them.
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla initiating the first day proceedings, urged members to set new standards of parliamentary debate by raising people issues, he called the move to the new parliament house is a historic event, he extended greetings to Ganesh Chavithi.
Lok Sabha speaker also paid tributes to the leaders who build the nation and gave India its own constitution. The new parliament building boasts of a palette of colours and architecture that takes its cue from everything Indian, from ancient to medieval.
The new Parliament building, inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi on May 28, has artwork narrating India’s democratic traditions from the Vedic period to the present day. The journey of democracy in the country is depicted through a series of exhibits in the Constitution Hall in the new Parliament building, which itself is inspired by the Sri Yantra, used for worship by many Hindus and considered a source of energy.
The building has three ceremonial foyers where huge brass images of Mahatma Gandhi, Chanakya, Gargi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, B R Ambedkar, and the Chariot Wheel from the Sun Temple at Konark are on display. The public entrances lead to three galleries — the Sangeet Gallery which exhibits dance, song, and musical traditions of India, the Sthapthya Gallery which depicts the architectural heritage of the country, and the Shilp Gallery which showcases handicraft traditions of different states.
The interiors of the Lok Sabha chamber are based on the theme of peacock, our national bird, while that of the Rajya Sabha takes it hues from lotus, the national flower. The four-storey Parliament House has a built up area of 64,500 sqm and has two chambers – an 888-seater Lok Sabha, which can accommodate 1,272 members for the joint sitting of both the Houses, and a 384-seater Rajya Sabha chamber.
The building opens into a central courtyard with a banyan tree. The new building also has six new committee rooms and 92 rooms for use as offices for the Council of Ministers. There are six entry-exit points or ‘dwars’ in the new Parliament building, all inspired by ancient sculptures.
The Gaj Dwar has two stone elephant statues that have been inspired by statues at Madhukeshwara temple in Banavasi in Karnataka dating back to the 9th century CE, while two horse statues at the Ashwa Dwar have got their inspiration from sculptures at 13th century Sun temple in Odisha.
The statues at three other dwars – Shardula, Hamsa, and Makara – are inspired by sculptures at Gujri Mahal in Gwalior, Vijay Vithala temple in Hampi, and Hoysaleswara temple in Karnataka. The remaining Garuda dwar has as its sentinel the statues of the mount (vahana) of Vishnu and have been inspired by 18th century CE Nayaka period sculpture from Tamil Nadu.