The High Court said on Tuesday that it first wants to study the Supreme Court’s decision on what decision it gave while allowing the project.
Central Vista Project (nominal photo)
The Supreme Court has asked to put the petition on record for hearing on the demand for a moratorium on the construction works of the Central Vista Project. Chief Justice NV Ramana, however, has not given any date for hearing the case. The petitioners moved the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court adjourned the hearing on the petition. The High Court had fixed the next date of hearing on 17 May, after which an appeal was made in the Supreme Court.
The ongoing construction work under the project has been included in the “essential services” amid the ongoing lockdown to prevent Kovid-19 infection. Against this, a petition was filed in the court demanding the Central Government to stop the construction work. According to Live Law report, CJI Ramana told the petitioner’s lawyer Siddharth Luthra that the High Court had already agreed to hear the case. If we start it then everyone will run in the Supreme Court.
The CJI said, “This is a very difficult time. The judges are not empty. We do not have much manpower. I was also infected, I am not able to read papers yet. This is an extraordinary situation. I cannot force the judges to hear the case. ” However, after this, he told the lawyer, “You put the paper on record. We will see if the bench is available. ” Earlier on Tuesday, the Central Government opposed this PIL in the Delhi High Court.
On behalf of the petitioners, in Delhi High Court on Tuesday, lawyer 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 (DDMA). 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 to control the situation will fail.
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, a new building of Parliament House and an area of 3 km from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate is being relocated. This entire project is worth about Rs 20,000 crores. The new building of 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.
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