The Delhi HC order dismissing the petition to halt the Central Vista redevelopment project has been challenged before the Apex Court.
The appellant, one Pradeep Kumar Yadav, challenged the May 31 order of the High Court that had ruled that the Central Vista Project was essential and was of national importance.
Before the Supreme Court, the petitioner stated that the High Court was incorrect in holding the Central Vista project as an essential activity during the pandemic’s peak, especially when the whole country has stopped essential functions.
The Central Vista project envisages a new Parliament House, a new residential complex for the Prime Minister and the VP, several new office buildings and a Central Secretariat for Ministry offices.
On January 5, a three-judge Bench of the Apex Court gave its green signal to the project and rejected a batch of petitions that challenged the scheme for violating land and environmental laws.
A petition was later filed in the High Court seeking a temporary halt on the construction due to the pandemic.
Then a Division bench ruled that the ongoing project was of vital importance and can’t be stopped. The Court further ruled that workers staying at the site had all facilities and Covid were protocols were thoroughly followed. Therefore, there was no reason for the Court to exercise its powers under Article 226 of the Constitution.
The appeal before the Apex Court states that when the national capital was grappling with Covid, construction activities of the Central Vista project will negate and nullify the efforts to control the deadly infection.