New Delhi: The issue of a new Parliament House complex is expected to gain momentum in the monsoon session beginning August eight amid growing concerns over the structural stability of the 85-year-old heritage building.
This is because the proposed High-Powered Committee (HPC) on the issue will be in place during the month-long session, Lok Sabha Secretary General T K Viswanathan said today.
Viswanathan said that the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has been saying that the heritage structure has "outlived its usefulness".
He said a decision on the issue has gained urgency as the CPWD has been pressing the authorities for some time to give vacant possession of the Parliament House complex for two years to carry out repair and restoration work.
This is being insisted by the CPWD to restore the original heritage character of the magnificent building which has undergone severe wear and tear, he said.
Speaker Meira Kumar will constitute the HPC after consultations with the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha soon after the Vice Presidential elections scheduled for August 7.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath are expected to be the two prominent members of the HPC.
Viswanathan also made it clear that it was for the HPC to decide whether a new Parliament House complex needs to be set up or the present one will be able to accommodate the demands for the future.
Government, he said, will have to take the ult
imate decision on the issue as the "Urban Development Ministry is the landlord and we are only tenants".
The issue of the site, the size and the structure of the alternative complex would be decided by the HPC, he added.