Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore said on Tuesday that renovations to the new Parliament building are being completed and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha will decide whether the upcoming winter session will be held there or in the existing building. The winter session of Parliament will start on December 7 and end on December 29. The government says the project will be completed by November.
Kishore said that the project is on track and efforts are being made to complete the construction work as soon as possible. “The Speaker will decide whether the winter session of Parliament will be held in the new or old building,” Kishore told. After the completion of the project, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said earlier this month that it was up to the government to announce the date.
In December 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the new Parliament building, which will have modern amenities. The building is being constructed by Tata Projects Ltd. The new building will also have a grand Constitution Hall showcasing India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for Members of Parliament, a library, several committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking. As part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, the government will also build an executive enclave that will house the new Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Cabinet Secretariat, India House and National Security Council Secretariat.