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New Parliament building, costing around Rs 970 crore, to be one-and-a-half times larger in size, capacity

Design of the new proposed Parliament structure ?by HCP Design, Planning and Management

Located next to the existing Parliament building in New Delhi, the new design of the new Parliament building is around one-and-a-half times larger in size and capacity. Construction of the new Parliament would begin in December and would be completed by 2022. The building would serve as a landmark to commemorate 75th year of Indian independence.

?The total built-up area of the proposed Parliament, which is spread over four floors, is about 64,500 that is 17,000 more than the existing one. The estimated cost of construction of the new Parliament building is Rs 971 crore, which would be constructed by Tata Projects Limited.

HCP Design, Planning and Management, an Ahmedabad-based architecture firm, which was selected in 2019 by the government to design the new Parliament and redevelop the area around the Central Vista, has completed drafting the detailed and construction-ready design of the new Parliament building in New Delhi.

The proposed four-storey structure would appear to be in a triangular shape and would consist of three areas: Lok Sabha hall, Rajya Sabha Hall and the central lounge constructed around an open courtyard.

The Lok Sabha hall, located on the ground floor, would accommodate 888 members, which are 336 more than the current Parliaments maximum strength. The Rajya Sabha hall would accommodate 384 members instead of the current 245-member capacity.

Apart from the parliament halls on the ground floor of the proposed structure, there would be offices for the Prime Minister, Speaker and other Ministers. The above two floors would have more rooms for ministers, a dining hall and a media gallery.

The new car parking area would be able to accommodate around 1,100 cars within the entire parliament complex, including the existing Parliament, library and annexe.

Meanwhile, due to appeals in the Supreme Court against the construction of the new building, the project has been currently withheld. However, after National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) seeks NOCs from the fire service department, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), followed by approvals from Heritage Conservation Committee and Central (HCCC) and Central Vista Committee (CVC), and submitting the project to Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) for detailed approval, the project construction could begin with periodic supervision by the municipal body to ensure there are no major changes to the plan.

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: CELESTIAL! Unique alignment of Moon and 5 planets

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