Earlier, the Delhi High Court, while dismissing the petition seeking to stop the construction work, said that the workers are already present at the project site and hence there is no reason to stop the work.
Central Vista Project. (Signal Image)
A petition has now been filed in the Supreme Court against the decision of the Delhi High Court on the Central Vista Project. Earlier on Monday, the Delhi High Court had allowed the construction work of the project to continue, saying it was an “important and necessary” national project. The court had also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioners, calling the petition “motivated with some motive”.
Now advocate Pradeep Kumar, challenging the decision of the High Court, has raised the question in his petition that when the whole country is affected by the corona epidemic, small shops are also closed, everything is at a standstill, then at such a time 500 laborers are being sent to the construction site. How can I be allowed to go? The petition states, “Even in the Supreme Court and the High Court, physical hearing is not taking place. So why can’t the construction of Central Vista be stopped, till normal living starts?
Earlier in the Delhi High Court, a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh said that the Supreme Court has already upheld the project. The Bench said that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has also allowed it to continue, the workers are already present at the project site and hence “we do not see any reason to stop the work”.
The court dismissed the petition, saying that the petition was ‘motivated’ for some purpose and was not a “genuine public interest litigation”. The court said that the work under the contract awarded to Shapoorji Pallonji Group is to be completed by November 2021 and hence it should be allowed to continue.
There was a demand to postpone the construction work in the petition.
Seeking to stop the production work of the project, this petition was filed by Anya Malhotra, who worked as a translator, and Sohail Hashmi, a documentary film maker. It was argued in the petition that this project is not an essential activity and hence it can be postponed during the pandemic. The counsel for the petitioner had said that in the midst of the epidemic, there is a danger to the lives of the workers engaged in construction work as well as to the lives of the citizens of Delhi.
Under the Central Vista project, a new Parliament building and a new residential complex are to be constructed, including the residences of the Prime Minister and the Vice-President, as well as several new office buildings and the Central Secretariat for the offices of the ministries. Under the project, an area of 3 km from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate is being rehabilitated. This entire project is worth about Rs 20,000 crore.
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