Sansad Bhavan Inauguration: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to hand over the new Parliament to the country. Many political parties have opposed the inauguration program.
The country is going to get a new parliament today. PM Narendra Modi is going to hand over the new Parliament to the country in a short while. The inauguration ceremony of the new Parliament House will be held at around 7.30 am with Havan. After this, the Mahant of the Shaiv Math will hand over the ceremonial scepter ‘Sengol’ to Modi. Sengol will be installed near the speaker’s chair in the new parliament building. Let us tell you 5 important facts related to the new Parliament House.
- The building area of the triangular-shaped four-storey Parliament House is 64,500 sqm. There are three main gates of this building – Gyan Dwar, Shakti Dwar and Karma Dwar. It has separate entrances for VIP MPs and visitors.
- In the Lok Sabha of the present Parliament, where maximum 552 people could sit while only 436 people could sit in the Central Hall, arrangements have been made to seat 888 people in the Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha has a seating arrangement of 384 people.
- The materials used in the construction of the new Parliament House have been brought from different parts of the country. The teak wood used in it has been brought from Nagpur in Maharashtra, while the red and white sandstone has been brought from Sarmathura in Rajasthan. Green stone has been imported from Udaipur, red granite from Lakha near Ajmer and white marble from Ambaji Rajasthan.
- The material for the Ashoka Icon was brought from Aurangabad in Maharashtra and Jaipur in Rajasthan, while the material for the exteriors of the Parliament House was sourced from Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The stone carvings were done by sculptors from Abu Road and Udaipur. The steel structure for the ‘false ceiling’ in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha chambers has been sourced from the Union Territory of Daman and Diu, while the furniture for the new building was fabricated in Mumbai.
- Sand manufactured at Charkhi Dadri in Haryana or ‘M-Sand’ was used to make the concrete mix for the construction activities in the new Parliament House. ‘M sand’ is a type of artificial sand, which is made by breaking large hard stones or granite into fine particles and which is different from river sand. The ‘fly ash’ bricks used in the construction were sourced from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, while the material and ‘ready-made moulds’ for the brass work were brought from Ahmedabad in Gujarat.