Central Vista Redevelopment : Supreme Court Judgement Reserved for tomorrow

The Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheswari and Sanjiv Khanna of the Supreme Court have reserved tomorrow to deliver the judgment on Central Vista area case.

The Government had proposed redeveloping Central Vista area to construct a complex that shall be home to The Prime Minister and The Vice President and many other buildings.

The notification issued by Delhi Development Authority to make changes in land use in this regard was challenged by the petitioner.

It was stated that DDA did not have power to bring about such changes.

Central Government defended their redevelopment project, quoting:
“There is an imminent need to have a new Parliament building. The current building was built in 1927 prior to independence and was intended to house the legislative council and not a bicameral legislature we have today. The building does not conform to fire safety norms and water and sewer lines are also haphazard which is damaging the heritage nature of the building. Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are packed. When joint sessions are held, members sit on plastic chairs diminishing the dignity of the House….

We have to run around the city to go to different ministries, increasing traffic and pollution. The policy decision is that all Central ministries have to be at one place and that place has to be one which has historical significance”

This judgment shall be delivered by the Supreme Court tomorrow.

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