The petition said that in the midst of the epidemic, the lives of the laborers engaged in construction work are in danger and this is a gross violation of the orders of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.
Central Vista Project (nominal photo)
The petitioners can approach the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court adjourns the hearing on the petition to stop the Central Vista project. On Tuesday, the High Court adjourned the case after a brief hearing and set May 17 as the next date. The ongoing construction work under the project has been included in “essential services” amidst the ongoing lockdown to prevent Kovid-19 infection in Delhi. Against this, a petition was filed in the court demanding the Central Government to stop the construction work.
According to an India Today report, sources said a petition can be filed in the Supreme Court challenging the High Court’s stay order. Through the Special Permit Petition (SLP), it can be demanded that in the present situation, the workers should be prevented from reaching the project site as many workers have also been infected with Kovid-19. Earlier on Tuesday, the Central Government opposed this PIL in the Delhi High Court.
On behalf of the petitioners, in the Delhi High Court on Tuesday, senior advocate Siddharth Luthra said that in the midst of the epidemic, it is a danger to the life of the workers engaged in construction work as well as the life of the citizens of Delhi. And this is a gross violation of the orders of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority. The petition said that while Delhi Corona is struggling with the second wave of infection and the state government is trying to stop the infection, all such efforts will be thwarted by such actions to control the situation.
Super spreader can become construction work – petitioner
After a brief hearing, a bench of High Court Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh said that first she wanted to study the decision of the Supreme Court to decide what decision she had given while granting permission to the project. Union government counsel Anurag Ahluwalia and Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma, appearing for the Housing and Central Public Works Department, told the bench that the reply could be filed by the next date of hearing. He also protested and said that the petition seems suspicious.
The petition has also questioned why and how this project falls under “essential services”? Anya Malhotra, who works as a translator and documentary film maker Sohail Hashmi, has filed a petition claiming that if the project continues to work during the epidemic, it is likely to become a ‘super spreader’. Opposition parties have also been critical of the government over the Central Vista project for the construction of a new Parliament building during the Corona virus epidemic.
Aim to build a new Parliament building by 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of this project on 10 December last year. Under this project, the new building of the Parliament House and that area is being relocated. The new buildind of the Parliament House is being constructed under Tata Projects Limited. 971 crore rupees are estimated to be spent on this project. The new parliament building will be triangular in shape. It is expected to be ready by the 75th Independence Day of the country in the year 2022.
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) told an expert committee set up by the government on Monday that the construction of the Prime Minister’s house under the Central Vista Project will be completed by December 2022. The committee has given its approval for the project. The environment ministry has already approved the expansion and renovation of the existing Parliament building, which is part of the 13450-crore Central Vista redevelopment project. According to the CPWD, the Common Central Secretariat building will be constructed by May 2023. This entire project is worth about Rs 20,000 crores.
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