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Centre backs speaker's proposal for new Parliament

It has suggested that the new building can be connected to the existing Parliament complex through a tunnel across Rajpath

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Publish Date: Aug 5 2016 1:03PM | Updated Date: Aug 5 2016 1:04PM

Centre backs speaker's proposal for new Parliament

 The government has favoured Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's proposal for construction of a new Parliament building on Rajpath. 

 
In response to her letter in December, the Ministry of Urban Development have suggested that the new building can be connected to the existing Parliament complex through a tunnel across Rajpath, a report in ‘The Economic Times’ has said. 
 
Mahajan had written to urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu that the Parliament building was showing signs of "distress" and won’t be able to meet the growing demand for space much longer.
 
She had suggested two options for the alternate site: one within the present Parliament complex and another across Rajpath. 
 
The speaker had suggested that the second option would provide more space, giving more freedom in terms of choosing a design for the new Parliament House building.
 
Officials in the ministry told the paper that the decision on the project would have to be taken at the highest level. Building a new complex would take at least five to six years.