Parliament’s winter session is likely to start in the old building


New Delhi: Parliament’s winter session is likely to start in the first week of December in the old building and end by the end of the month, PTI news agency reported, citing sources on Friday.

They said that the final decision on the dates will be taken by the Parliamentary Affairs Committee of the Council of Ministers.

While the hearing is likely to take place in the old building, the government is also considering a small token opening of the new building, which is being built at an estimated cost of over Rs 1,200 crore, by the end of this month or early December, sources said, PTI reported.

The session usually starts from the third week of November with about 20 sessions. But there were occasions when the hearing was held in December, during 2017 and 2018.

The sources said that this time the session is likely to be held in the first week of December.

Working at a steady pace: Puri

“Work is progressing at a steady pace,” Union Minister Hardeep Puri, who recently visited the site of the new parliament building, said.

Puri posted some photographs of the building, in a tweet on November 5, he said: “Check out the ongoing construction on the New Parliament House today. Work is progressing at a steady pace. A sustainable modern building with architectural elements inspired by the ancient cultural heritage of India. Modernity meets tradition.”

Puri said more than 4,000 people were working around the clock to build the building.

The new building will be triangular in shape and the national emblem has been installed in the new structure.

The new building will also contain a large Constitution Hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, an MPs’ lounge, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas, and ample parking space.

In December 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the new Parliament Building.

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