Before the inauguration of the new Parliament House, Sengol was installed near the Lok Sabha Speaker’s seat after worshiping and chanting.
The country’s new parliament building was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (May 28, 2023). The inauguration ceremony of the new Parliament House began with a puja. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla was also present in the puja along with the Prime Minister. PM Modi felicitated the workers who worked in the construction of the building after the inauguration of the new Parliament House.
Thousands of laborers have been working tirelessly for more than two years to make a new modern parliament building a reality, one of the biggest projects of the Narendra Modi government. Away from any political rancor, 60,000 workers and supervisors are working quietly to prepare the building on-site and off-site.
60,000 laborers were employed in the construction of the new parliament building
The entire complex was closed on Saturday, a day before its inauguration. Only specially screened cars, VIPs, security personnel, police and other staff were allowed inside through the boom barrier. Barricades were put up at Iron Gate 8 through which laborers started coming and going.
Arun, 40, a mason from Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior, says he has been working 12 hours a day for the past few years and earns around Rs 17,000 per month. He informed, “The work is almost 99 per cent complete. We have worked 24×7 in two shifts. We didn’t stop even during the pandemic.” He recalls that it started with a phone call he received in February 2021. Arun said, “They asked me if I could work in the Parliament House in Delhi. I couldn’t be more pleased. Who would want to miss such an opportunity?”
The laborers said on the inauguration – will proudly say that we built the Parliament House
Imran, 24, a worker from Bihar, says that scaffolding work is still going on in some parts of the building and will take a few more months to be completed. Ramdeen Dagar, another worker from Madhya Pradesh, says most of the work is done inside the building, except for essential furnishings in a few rooms. “Ek dum jannat,” smiles Naresh, a mason from Madhya Pradesh.
For Arun, Imran, Naresh and others, it was their hard work, sweat and the part they played in creating a piece of history that they will carry with them. Ram Murthy, a resident of Morena, says, “The work was very difficult, but if people ask us what we did, we can say that we built the Parliament House, that too in two years. We have seen the entire building being built before our eyes.
21 opposition parties boycotted the opening ceremony of the new parliament
On the other hand, 21 opposition parties have boycotted the inauguration ceremony of the new parliament. The opposition was demanding that the Parliament should be inaugurated by President Draupadi Murmu. For this, he had also approached the Supreme Court on Friday, but his petition was rejected there.