On Thursday, the Supreme court refused to put a hold on Delhi’s Central Vista project. This project is the remodeling of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The cost estimated for this project is Rs.20,000 crore.
The Central Vista in the national capital includes the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, North and South blocks, the India Gate, and the National Archives.
This project encompasses a new Parliament House, new residences for the vice president and the prime minister, and a new central secretariat complex meant for ministries.
Chief Justice SA Bobde says that this is the time of crisis due to the breakthrough of a pandemic, and nobody is going to do anything as there is no urgency.
A plea made, called this project a “brash”. The plea claimed that the redevelopment project would deprive people of enjoying open and green spaces in the capital.
Rajeev Suri had already filed a plea against this project in the Supreme Court which is pending.
Mr. Bobde said that there is no need for filing two same petitions as a similar petition is already pending.
On 20 March, the central government had notified the permission of land-use change as required for the Central Vista development/redevelopment project as per the recommendations of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
In December, the land use of a 15-acre plot has been changed from recreational to residential on Dalhousie Road near South Block by the authorities. In the Centre’s larger Central Vista project, the renovation of the Parliament building is just a small fragment which also includes a new Parliament House, Central secretariat complex for ministries, and residences for the vice president and the prime minister. The expected year for the completion of this entire project is 2024.
The Centre’s decision to go ahead with the project has been criticized by the opposition parties as the country is already battling against a deadly disease.
On 28 February, a two-judge bench of Delhi high court had stayed the directions issued by a single-judge bench of the high court on 11 February, directing the DDA to approach the court before notifying the proposed land-use changes in Central Vista.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta was questioned as to why anyone should have a problem if a new Parliament building is being constructed.