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“9,500 Kg weight & 6.5 metre long”: PM Modi unveils bronze National Emblem on new parliament building

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled the huge Ashoka Pillar on the roof of the new Parliament House. The national emblem is made of bronze with a total weight of 9500 kg and has a height of 6.5 m. After this, PM Modi interacted with the laborers who prepared this structure on time. Sources in the PMO said that the Prime Minister spoke to the ‘workers’ involved in the work of the new Parliament and inquired about their health and well being. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri were also present on the occasion.

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The work of installing the National Emblem on the roof of the new Parliament House was completed in eight different phases. This ranges from clay model making to computer graphics preparation and polishing of bronze figures.

The new Parliament building has an area of 64,500 square metres. It also has a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.

In the new building, the Lok Sabha chamber will have a seating capacity of 888 members, while the Rajya Sabha will have 384 seats for members. The Lok Sabha chamber will have an option to increase its sitting capacity to 1,224 members during joint sessions.

Wax tubes, which provide ducts for pouring bronze during casting, and vents for the gases produced in the process, were fitted to the outside of the wax shell.
Metal pins were hammered through the shell into the core to secure it. Next, the prepared wax shell was completely covered in layers of heat-resistant fibre reinforced plastic, and the whole was inverted and placed in an oven.

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During heating, the plaster dries and the wax runs out through the ducts created by the wax tubes. The plaster mould was then packed in sand, and molten bronze poured through the ducts, filling the space left by the wax

When cool, the outer plaster and core were removed, and the bronze received finishing touches.

Finally, the statue was polished and breezed, and ready with clear coat of protective polish and no paint to showcase the rich metal.

There is no other similar depiction of the emblem, from the perspective of material and craftsmanship, anywhere else in India.

Over 100 artisans from various parts of the country worked on the design, crafting and casting of the emblem for over six months.

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The installation itself was a challenge as it was 32 meter above upper ground level.

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