The Delhi High Court informed that the Central Vista is an essential national project and the work related to it will continue while the court was hearing a plea seeking suspension of the ongoing construction work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the report, a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh dismissed the plea by stating that the petition was motivated and not a genuine PIL and it also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioners.
The court stated that under the contract awarded to the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, work had to be completed by November 2021 and, therefore, it should be allowed to continue. It said the legality of the project was already upheld by the Supreme Court.
The project entails construction activities on Rajpath and the surrounding lawns from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhawan. The project envisages building a new Parliament House, a new residential complex to house offices and the Prime Minister and the Vice-President. It will also have new office buildings and a Central Secretariat to accommodate various ministries’ offices.
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