Modi to inaugurate Afghanistan's new parliament building
KABUL (Pajhwok): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit Kabul in the near future to inaugurate Afghanistan’s new parliament building, a project set to be completed by the end of the current month.
A New Delhi-based newspaper reported on Sunday the magnificent building and other related facilities, seen as India’s symbolic gift for democracy in Afghanistan, would be ready in the next two weeks.
India’s state-owned construction agency Central Public Works Department (CPWD) initiated work on the parliament building in December 2009. The project, due to be completed by December 2011, has missed three completion deadlines.
The Times of India, referring to the latest review by Secretary of Urban Development Madhusudan Prasad and the Central Public Works Department, reported that 96 percent of the work had been done.
With its initial cost estimated at $45 million, the building with building -- having elements of Mughal and modern architecture -- might account for $90 million, according to a Kabul-based private TV channel.
While inaugurating the Indian-funded building, Modi is expected to spotlight his nation’s role as a major player in the region and supporter of democracy in Afghanistan.
A parliament block having two large assembly halls, with a dome of 32 metres diameter and 14.5 metres height over main assembly hall, entrance hall, a basement and a separate multi-purpose service block are parts of the building.
Located between Darul Aman and the Queen's Palace, both landmarks telling the story of decades of war, the building will also have an entrance lobby, offices, conference rooms, dining halls and a press room.
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