Plead to Stop Central Vista Construction Project During Pandemic, SC Says It Will Consider | India News
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday it agreed to hear a petition to suspend construction works on the central government’s Vista Central project amid the spike in Covid-19 cases.
The petition filed by Anya Malhotra and Sohail Hashmi requested the Supreme Court to suspend all construction activities of the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project in compliance with orders issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority for the duration of the phase. peak of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. .
The Supreme Court said, “We’ll see.” However the Apex cut did not give a date to hear the matter.
The Apex Court also requested the petitioner’s lawyer to first circulate the details of the case to the parties and present before him the appeal filed against High Court of Delhi order on plea to stay on Central Vista project work on Central Vista project.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Delhi High Court said it will hear on May 17 in detail the request for leadership to halt / suspend all construction activity of the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project in compliance with orders issued by the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project. Disaster Management of Delhi during the ongoing peak phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A bench of Judge DN Patel and Judge Jasmeet Singh adjourned the matter on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Additional Attorney General Chetan Sharma, who has appeared for the Union of India, objected to the statement and said the petition has dubious credentials.
Petitioners Anya Malhotra and Sohail Hashmi, represented by lead advocate Sidharth Luthra in the matter, have stated that the petition refers to ongoing construction activity in the part of the Central Vista Redevelopment Project designated as the ‘Redevelopment Project of Central Vista Avenue ‘and is to challenge the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and CPWD’s relentless, unconscious and reckless act of carrying out this project in a way that poses a threat to the lives of the citizens of Delhi and beyond, including the lives of the workforce / workers involved in the project, as it has the potential to be a super spreader, and is in clear violation and violation of Orders approved by the Disaster Management Authority of Delhi.
The plea stated that at a time when Delhi is dealing with a devastating coronavirus outbreak and when all efforts, particularly and more on the part of the state and its agencies, must be aimed at controlling the spiraling situation, the contested acts of Respondents will nullify and deny all such efforts.
The motive also establishes that the petitioners also wonder why or how the project constitutes an “essential service”, simply because some mandatory contractual term must be met by executive mandate.
In December 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Central Vista Development Project.
The project intends to renovate 86 acres of land in Delhi, which includes Rajpath, Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, india gate, North Block and South Block, Shastri Bhavan, Gateway of India and Udyog Bhavan. The project provides for the construction of a new Parliament building, a common secretariat for the central government offices, the Prime Minister’s office and residence, the Special Protection Group building and the Vice President’s Enclave.
The project’s construction works have been carried out since January 5, 2021, after the Supreme Court dismissed the petitions that challenged the project.