LAHORE — On Monday, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Chaudhry Parvez Elahi opened the new Punjab Assembly (PA) building, which was completed last year.

Due to a lack of funding and political constraints, the building took 15 years to finish.

According to the chief minister, the new structure was built with the demands of the future century in mind. “Aside from housing 500 members of the assembly (MPAs), the new structure has Ayes and Noes lobbies with capacities of 200 each,” he continued. He said that the guest gallery had a capacity of 800 persons and that the Secretariat building housed the offices of the CM, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, ministries, and Leader of the Opposition in the legislature (of the new building). “The facility also has three committee rooms, one conference room, a library, a café, and 400 parking spaces,” he said.

Secretaries, ministers, and other public figures were also present.

It had previously been stated that the new Assembly Hall was the biggest in Asia, and that the budget for the upcoming fiscal year will be presented in the new House. A briefing informed the Speaker that the foundation stone for the new building was set on June 27, 2006, while he was the chief minister of Punjab. The project was meant to be finished in two years, however it was repeatedly delayed owing to a lack of money under the PML-administration. N’s

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