The Heritage Conservation Committee approved the proposal on January 11.

Construction on the new parliament building is expected to begin on Jan. 14, after the Supreme Court gave the green light on Jan.5 and the Heritage Conservation Committee (HCC) approved the proposal on Jan.11, according to the housing and urban affairs (HUA). Ministry officials on January 13.

The project was due to start last December, but construction and demolition at the site has been suspended while legal challenges to the project were pending with the Supreme Court. On December 7, the Supreme Court authorized the groundbreaking ceremony after the government submitted an affidavit that it would not begin construction, demolition and tree transplanting until the court returned its judgment.

With the judgment validating the project on Jan.5, the central public works department sought approval from the HCC, which was granted on Monday, according to HUA secretary Durga Shanker Mishra.

A senior official said construction would begin on Thursday, which happens to be the auspicious day for Makar Sakranti.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the project on December 10, 2020. The project, contracted for by the Central Department of Public Works (CPWD) to Tata Projects Limited for ₹ 971 crore, is expected to last 22 months. complete.

The construction site is adjacent to the existing Parliament, which was completed in 1927. Designed by HCP Design, Planning and Management Private Limited based in Ahmedabad, the new Parliament could accommodate a larger number of MPs than the current heritage building to make of space Potential increase in the number of seats after future demarcation exercises. A total of 1,224 MPs could be accommodated in Lok Sabha’s new chamber during joint sessions.

Meanwhile, redevelopment work on Rajpath, another part of Central Vista’s bigger redesign, is expected to begin after the Republic Day celebrations. Mr Mishra had told a press conference on Monday that work would begin on February 1. According to a CPWD official, the contract was awarded to Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Limited on January 8 after its bid of ₹ 477.08 crore appeared to be the lowest. . Work would begin after obtaining the required approvals, the official said.

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