Tata Projects wins bid to construct new Indian parliament building
September 18, 2020 – Tata Projects, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Tata Group, has won a bid for the construction of the new Parliament building in the capital city of New Delhi.
Tata Projects had won the contract as it bid the lowest amount at INR8.62bn ($117m), which was lower than Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T) bid of INR8.65bn ($117.5m).
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has announced that the new Parliament building will be built near the current building, which is over 90 years old, at plot number 118 of the Parliament House Estate.
The design of the new Parliament building is said to be shaped like a triangle and is expected to include the national emblem of India, which could be placed atop of the new building.
Upon completion, the new building is expected to have halls with larger seating capacity for the Lok Sabha (lower house) and the Rajya Sabha (upper house), offices for members of Parliament along with a courtyard, dining facilities and a lounge for lawmakers.
The Lok Sabha is likely to have more numbers after the constituencies are reorganised and the present building has no space for the extra Parliamentarians. The new building is expected to accommodate nearly 1,400 Members of Parliament.
The CPWD said: “The plinth of the new building shall match that of the existing one, which is approximately 1.8 metres above the ground level.
“The total plinth area of the proposed building is approximately 65,000m², including the basement area of approximately 16,921m². The building will be ground plus two-storeyed with one basement.”
Construction is likely to begin after the ongoing Parliament’s winter session and expected to be completed within 21 months. The existing building will be used during the entire construction period.
The new building’s construction is part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, which envisages the new triangular Parliament building and a common secretariat for all the 51 ministries in 10 buildings. The project is expected to save nearly INR10bn ($135.m) annually.