Government to construct new Parliament building

Kathmandu, February 25

The government is preparing to construct a new Parliament building in line with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s decision on the first day of his appointment to the post.

PM Oli had announced that a new Parliament building would be constructed within two years to maintain the dignity of the legislature and save millions of rupees the government spent on rent.

Mahendra Gurung, secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, said the Ministry of Urban Development has been directed carry out initial work in this regard. He said the new building would be constructed at Putali Bagaincha, Singha Durbar.

Gurung also informed that the urban development ministry had begun the process of constructing the new Parliament building as per Public Procurement Act. “Significant changes need to be made to the design prepared by Singha Durbar reconstruction committee, as the design was prepared keeping in view the 601-member Constituent Assembly,” he added.

The Parliament has no building of its own since the Gallery Baithak became congested for the CA. Since then, the government has been spending Rs 100 million rupees annually for renting a hall at International Convention Centre to conduct parliamentary business.