PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Afghan Parliament House in Kabul

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Who: Afghan Parliament House
Where: Kabul
What: Inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi
When: 25 December 2015
Why: It was built by India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 December 2015 inaugurated Afghanistan’s newly-built Parliament House in Kabul.

The house was entirely built by India’s government-owned construction agency Central Public Works Department (CPWD) at an estimated cost of 90 million US dollars.

Key features of Afghan Parliament House

• Its foundation stone was laid by the then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh in August 2005.

• It is spread across 86 acres. With a plinth area of around 30000 square meters, it is the largest structure in Afghanistan.
• It has elements of Mughal and modern architecture with marbles used from Chesht-e-Sharif district of western Herat province.
• Apart from the Parliament Block, which is the main building, the house consists of dining halls, library and a mosque that could house 400 prayers.
The Parliament Block has two large assembly halls to accommodate the Wolesi Jirga (the House of the People) and the Meshrano Jirga (the Upper House).
• One of the key features of the new parliament building is its domewhich is said to be one of the largest among the parliaments in Asia.
• The building was constructed to withstand terror attacks. And, it was build to resist earthquakes of up to 8 on the richter scale as Afghanistan lies in the Seismic Zone V.
• A block in the Parliament House was named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.