New Parliament building: Roadmap Laid down, CPWD applied for Environment Clearance

As per recent Application filed by the CPWD for environment clearance for new Parliament building, the proposal of construction seems to be provided shortly. Urban Affairs Ministry has planned to build a new Parliament building and a new Common Central Secretariat for all Ministries and redevelop Rajpath. A new and larger Parliament building for the nation is needed for better functioning of the legislature, as application stated. Project of new Parliament building is also going to provide short-term and long-term employment opportunities, written in Application. Recently CPWD has sought permission to increase the new Parliament building built-up area on the 8 acre plot from 44940 square metres to 104740 square meters adjacent to existing one.

Government of India plans to renovate the existing Parliament building and construct a new Parliament building adjoining the existing Parliament.

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CPWD is set to initiate construction work on new Parliament premise & will increase the built-up area on the 8-acre plot for New Parliament building. CPWD application says the Parliament’s new building project would cost around ₹776 crore, of which ₹ 2.2 crore will be allocated for environment management, and a total of 860738 tons of raw material or fuel would be needed. The application gives zero as the value of air, water, soil and noise pollution at the site. However, whether these studies are required or if the project will be exempted from an environment impact assessment will be decided by the environment impact assessment authority, soon.

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New Parliament Building Location & Progress-

Construction of a triangular new Parliament building will take place next to the existing heritage structure. CPWD has applied for environmental clearance for the construction on February 12. New Parliament Building- Proposal’s proceedings-

  1. Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has sought environmental clearance to build a new Parliament building, which it estimates will cost ₹776 crore
  2. Construction of new Parliament building would take 12700 workers and 260 days’ time to get constructed. The building will lead to the cutting down of 194 trees, according to the application filed.
  3. Project would lead to the generation of 438 kilolitre/day of waste water, which it said would all be reused.
  4. A total of 4.75 tonnes of municipal solid waste was projected to be generated and sent to sanitary landfills.

As per report intimated on Application CPWD said that around 194 trees to be cut down and also clearing of other vegetation growing on the plot. In replacing the same Application says 250 new trees would be planted.

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As per CPWD application, heritage buildings such as Parliament and North and South Block will see a change of use and on other hand most office buildings, such as Shastri Bhawan and Krishi Bhawan, added post-Independence are set to be demolished

Construction Obstacles-

The application says there are no court cases pending against the project and/or the land. Just two petitions have been filed in the Delhi High Court against the Delhi Development Authority’s proposed land use change of several plots, including new Parliament. Source- Jacob Koshy