New Delhi, Jan 31: On the eve of budget day a fire had broken out in room number 50 of Parliament. The fire was doused with the help of 12 fire tenders. It took around 15 minutes to douse the fire. Presently Budget Session of Parliament is underway.
It is worth noting that Speaker of Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan had written a letter to Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in December 2015 asking him to consider initiating action for construction of a new Parliament building.
Mahajan had also offered two options for the alternative site, one within the Parliament complex itself and another across the Rajpath.
In her letter, Mahajan had said, "On account of ageing of the Parliament House building and expansion in activities, staff etc, the building has shown signs of distress and over utilization...Under the circumstances, there is an imperative need for the construction of a new state-of-art Parliament building."