Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the new parliament building amid a boycott by opposition parties, which insisted President Droupadi Murmu should do the honours.
Reports reaching Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that the PM unveiled a plaque marking the inauguration.
PM Modi reached the new parliament building at 7.30 am. Soon after, he and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla sat down for a puja. Once the puja ended, the Prime Minister prostrated before the historic sceptre ‘sengol’.
PM Modi later carried the historic sceptre to the Lok Sabha chamber and installed it beside the chair of the Speaker.
The new parliament building can comfortably seat 888 members in the Lok Sabha chamber and 300 in the Rajya Sabha chamber. For a joint sitting of both the houses, 1,280 MPs can be accommodated in the Lok Sabha chamber.
The material used for the new building has been acquired from across the country. The teak wood was sourced from Maharashtra’s Nagpur, while the red and white sandstone was brought from Sarmathura in Rajasthan, to name a few.
With carpets from Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh, bamboo flooring from Tripura and stone carvings from Rajasthan, the new parliament building reflects India’s diverse culture.
The government has announced a commemorative ? 75 coin to mark the historic event.
Built by Tata Projects Ltd, the new Parliament building has a grand constitution hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for MPs, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.
The triangular-shaped four-storey building has a built-up area of 64,500 square metres. It has three main gates – Gyan Dwar, Shakti Dwar and Karma Dwar – and separate entrances for VIPs, MPs and visitors.
Notably, at least 22 opposition parties boycotted the inauguration ceremony, stating that the new parliament building should have been inaugurated the President.