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New Delhi, 4 April 2018: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly-constructed Western Court Annexe at Janpath, New Delhi today. Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan; Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Chemicals & Fertilisers Shri Ananth Kumar; Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Dr. M. Thambi Durai; Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri; Union Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal; Chairperson, House Committee (Lok Sabha) Shri Suresh C. Angadi; Union Cabinet Ministers, Union Ministers of State and Members of Parliament were present on the occasion. The Annexe will serve as a transit accommodation for Members of Parliament. In his address, Shri Modi appreciated Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan for her efforts in the timely completion of this project. Shri Modi further said that Smt. Mahajan, who always shows motherly affection towards parliamentary work, has the well-being of the Members of Parliament in mind. He said that her compassion is reflected in the attention to detail that has been given in this project. The Prime Minister said with satisfaction that the project has been completed well within the stipulated time & cost and congratulated all those involved in the construction of this project. Observing that the Union Government is walking on the path shown by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Shri Modi said that at the core of Dr. Ambedkar's ideals is harmony and togetherness. He added that working for the poorest of the poor is the Government’s mission. Shri Modi also announced that the memorial to commemorate Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar at 26, Alipur Road in New Delhi, which was the last home of Dr. Ambedkar, will be inaugurated on the 13th of April - the eve of his birth anniversary. He condemned the politics being played by certain people, in the name of Dr. Ambedkar. Earlier, delivering the Welcome Address, Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan expressed satisfaction that the project was completed six months in advance. In this regard, she lauded the efforts of Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, former Union Minister of Urban Development; Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Housing & Urban Affairs; Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, former Chairperson of House Committee (Lok Sabha); and Shri Suresh C. Angadi, Chairperson of House Committee (Lok Sabha) for their relentless efforts and support in efficacious and timely conclusion of the work. Smt. Mahajan hoped that the facilities in the newly-constructed Annexe would certainly help in better accommodation of the newly-elected Members of Parliament and their guests. Referring to the salient features of the building, Smt. Mahajan noted that several facilities like solar power generation, solar street lights, energy efficient air-conditioning and differently abled-friendly ambience have been made available for the Members of the Parliament. The new Annexe building is a Ground + three storeyed building. While the existing transit accommodation at the Western Court Hostel has 74 suites, the Annexe building provides an additional 88 fully furnished suites. The existing Western Court building is a grade II heritage building and the Annexe building has been constructed in harmony with the existing facade but with all the modern facilities. Prime focus has been laid on the incorporation of green features viz. solar power generation, use of C&D waste concrete blocks and fly ash bricks, rain water conservation, use of low VOC paints, etc. The unutilized back side lane of Western Court building has been used for the construction of the Annexe building. The foundation stone of the project was laid by the Speaker, Lok Sabha on 12 May 2016 and the project has been completed before time by the concerted efforts of the House Committee (Lok Sabha), Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs and CPWD.



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