one building many disputes
Prime Minister on 28 May Narendra Modi Will inaugurate the new building of Parliament. There has been a political upheaval in the country regarding this., Congress Including 19 opposition parties have announced the boycott of this program. They believe that the temple of democracy called new parliament inaugurated by the President Draupadi Murmu Must be in the hands of This controversy regarding the new building of the Parliament is not new. Since its foundation, there have been many controversies regarding it.
The foundation stone of the new Parliament House was laid by PM Modi in December 2020. Now he is going to inaugurate it, but swords have been drawn between the ruling party and the opposition regarding this. Be it the construction of the new Parliament House during the Covid period or the look of the lion of the National Emblem of India on the roof of the Parliament House. The opposition has targeted the Modi government several times regarding the new Parliament building. Let us look at the controversies related to the Parliament House in the last two years in a systematic way.
The budget of the new parliament building remained in controversies
In the year 2020, when the whole country was fighting the Corona epidemic. Then there were reports that the Central Government has allocated a budget of Rs 20,000 crore for the Central Vista Project. The Union Urban Development Minister appeared on behalf of the Central Government and said that the budget was allocated for development projects till 2026. He said that Rs 862 crore has been allocated for the new Parliament building. During the pandemic, some political parties raised questions regarding this expenditure.
construction work due to corona
In the year 2020, when the whole world was facing Corona but lockdown was imposed in the whole country to deal with Corona. However, the construction of the new Parliament House continued during this period. It was called an essential service. In April 2020, senior DMK leader TR Balu, in a meeting held through video link, appealed to PM Modi to stop the construction of the Parliament House and focus on fighting COVID 19.
Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan also raised questions on the construction of the new Parliament building by tweeting in December 2020. The government’s argument was that the existing Parliament House is not able to meet the existing needs and there is an additional burden on it. Location, facilities and technology were cited for this.
Threat to Delhi’s green cover
The Central Vista Project which includes the new Parliament House, the Prime Minister’s residence and the Central Secretariat. The central government was criticized by environmental experts for destroying the greenery. However, the Central Public Works Department said it would refrain from cutting trees and plant trees instead. The government informed on the Central Vista website that 404 trees removed from the Parliament House have been planted in the Eco Park.
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Controversy over design consultant
Gujarat-based architecture firm HCP Designs, headed by Bimal Patel, was selected as the design consultant for the construction of the new parliament. This company was paid Rs 229.75 crore for this. Bimal Patel is known as PM Modi’s favorite architect, who has worked on many of his dream projects.
Controversy over the look of the lion statue
On July 2020, PM Modi unveiled the national emblem installed on top of the Parliament House. Soon after this, there was a ruckus regarding the gesture of the lions. Many politicians said that the gestures of these lions were quite cruel. A petition was also filed in the Supreme Court against the new logo.
The petitioners had argued that unlike the state emblem kept in the Sarnath Museum in Varanasi, the lions in the new emblem appear ferocious and aggressive with open mouths. While he appears calm in the national symbol kept in Sarnath. But the Supreme Court rejected this petition and said that the new emblem does not violate the provisions of the Indian State Emblem Act, 2005.