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Delhi: Supreme Court Refuses To Pause Govt’s Central Vista Project
Supreme Court on Central Vista: "During COVID-19, nobody is going to do anything"
Top Court Refuses To Pause Government's Central Vista Project In Delhi
New Delhi: The central vista project costing Rs 20,000 crore the Supreme Court today declined to stay, which seeks to build a new parliament and other central government offices in Lutyens' zone in central Delhi.
"A similar petition against the project is pending in court. During COVID-19 situation, nobody is going to do anything and there is no urgency," Chief Justice SA Bobde said.
"A similar petition is pending and there's no need to duplicate it," the Chief Justice said, adding he can amend the petition.
Rajeev Suri the petitioner has already filed a petition against the project and it is pending in the top court.
Land use for the Central Vista project is challenged in the petition. It alleged the project covering 86 acre in Lutyens' zone is a "brash move" and will deprive people enjoying open and green spaces.
"There is no question of changing the exterior facade of parliament. Right now the parliament building is not adequate to house the number of members of parliament. Some MPs don't have a place to sit and there is congestion," Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry Hardeep Singh Puri told NDTV news channel in October 2019.
The government said in October last year that there will be no external changes to the iconic Raisina Hill complex and the parliament building after it awarded a consultancy contract to Gujarat-based HCP Design, Planning, and Management for revamping the high-profile district in the heart of the national capital.
The work on the central vista - the area between the India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhavan - will be completed by November 2021, a new parliament building by March 2022, and a common central secretariat by March 2024, according to the government.
The plan has been prepared to keep in mind India's 75th Independence Day in 2022.