SC gives green signal to ambitious Central Vista project of Modi government

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New Delhi : The decision of the Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Parliament House to be built. The Supreme Court has cleared the Modi government’s ambitious Central Vista project and rejected the petition challenging it. The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave its ruling on the petitions challenging the Centre’s ambitious Central Vista project and said that the Heritage Conservation Committee’s approval is necessary to start construction work. The court also asked that the work be started only after receiving approval from the committee. Many points were questioned including environmental clearance for this project and changes in land used for it. A new parliament building is to be constructed under this project.

A bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Sanjeev Khanna ruled on these petitions by a 2–1 majority. Justice Sanjeev Khanna disagreed with the majority decision to grant land use changes and environmental clearance for the Central Vista project. The court directed the proponent of the Central Vista project to install smog towers at all construction sites and use anti-smog guns. On November 5 last year, the bench completed the hearing on these petitions and reserved the decision. However, in the meantime, the court on December 7 allowed the central government to organize the Central Vista project.

The government had assured the court that no work like construction work or felling of buildings or cutting of trees should be done till the petitions challenging the project are settled. The foundation stone program of the project was held on 10 December. In this program, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the new building of Parliament House.

The project was announced in September last year, in which a new triangular parliament house is to be constructed. It will have a seating capacity of 900 to 1200 MPs. Its construction is aimed at August 2022, when the country will celebrate the 75th anniversary of independence. Under this project, the Common Central Secretariat is expected to be built by 2024. The project is spread over three kilometers from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate in Lutyens’ Delhi.

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