The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed the Petition seeking stoppage of Central Vista Project Construction in the National Capital due to the COVID pandemic.
A Division Bench comprising Hon’ble Chief Justice DN Patel and Hon’ble Justice Jyoti Singh has delivered this Judgment and remarked the Petition as motivated one, as the court imposed a cost of Rs 1 lac on Petitioner
Delhi High Court has rules that Central Vista is an
- “essential project of national importance”
- “public vitally interested in the project”
- “the current construction has to be completed before November 2022.
The petitioner had sought a stay on construction activities of Central Vista due to Covid-19 in the national capital and the threat that it posed to the construction workers.
It was contended that there was no rationale for classifying the Central Vista project as an essential service just because the executive had mandated a contractual deadline that had to be met.
Centre opposed the plea contending that the construction activities ongoing in the Rajpath and India Gate area were not related to the new offices of the Centre or the new Parliament building.
It described the plea as a facade to disguise something that always wanted to stop the construction under one pretext or another.
Centre further contended that contrary to the petitioner’s claim, a medical facility at the site and construction workers had access to it.
The Central Vista project located at Lutyens Delhi envisages a new Parliament House, a residential complex for the PM and VP and new offices and a Central Secretariat.
On 5th January, a three-judge bench of the Apex Court gave a green signal to the project. It rejected a batch of petitions that challenged the alleged violation of land and environmental laws.