Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the old Parliament building in New Delhi will now be known as ‘Samvidhan Sadan’. This renaming comes after the Parliament of India shifted to a new building on the same day.
X handle of Lok Sabha tweeted on Tuesday, “Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla notifies the building previously known as Parliament House and situated on Plot No. 116, New Delhi with Lok Sabha Marg to the north-west and Rajya Sabha Marg to the south-west as the Samvidhan Sadan.”
Lok Sabha Speaker Shri @ombirlakota notifies the building previously known as Parliament House and situated on Plot No. 116, New Delhi with Lok Sabha Marg to the north-west and Rajya Sabha Marg to the south-west as the Samvidhan Sadan. @loksabhaspeaker@Sansad_TV pic.twitter.com/7PlDpFp361
— LOK SABHA (@LokSabhaSectt) September 19, 2023
The old Parliament building was designed by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker and was completed in 1927. It was the seat of the Imperial Legislative Council between 18 January 1927 and 15 August 1947, the Constituent Assembly of India between 15 August 1947 and 26 January 1950, and the Parliament of India between 26 January 1950 and 18 September 2023.
The building is a circular structure with a central dome. The exterior is made of red sandstone and the interior is made of white marble. The building has a number of important features, including the Central Hall, the Lok Sabha Chamber, the Rajya Sabha Chamber, and the Library of Parliament.
The Central Hall is the largest room in the building and is where the Constituent Assembly of India drafted the Constitution of India. The Lok Sabha Chamber is where the lower house of Parliament meets. The Rajya Sabha Chamber is where the upper house of Parliament meets.
The old Parliament building is a significant historical and cultural landmark. It is a symbol of India’s democracy and its commitment to the rule of law. The renaming of the building to ‘Samvidhan Sadan’ is a fitting tribute to the Constitution of India and the values that it represents.
The future of the old Parliament building
The old Parliament building will now house the Constitution Museum of India. The museum will showcase the history and evolution of the Constitution of India. It will also educate visitors about the fundamental rights and duties of citizens.