Central Vista: Delhi High Court Dismisses Petition Seeking Suspension Of Work, Imposes Fine
People wearing protective masks ride near the construction site for the new Parliament building, part of the Central Vista Project redevelopment project. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Central Vista: Delhi High Court Dismisses Petition Seeking Suspension Of Work, Imposes Fine

The Delhi High Court dismissed the petition seeking the suspension of work at the Central Vista project citing the second wave of Covid-19.

The high court also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioner and said that it was a ''motivated petition and is not a genuine public interest litigation”. The division bench order, read by Chief Justice DN Patel, said it found no reason to stop the project.

The construction of the new parliament, part of the Central Vista project, began in January 2021. It includes a new parliament, a new residence for the prime minister, the vice president and a revamp of the Rajpath.

The petition in the Delhi High Court sought a temporary suspension of work on a part of the project in light of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic that overwhelmed the national capital's health infrastructure.

The petitioners told the court that the intention behind their petition was to protect the life and health of workers and others involved with the project as well as the residents of Delhi.

The Constitution casts a responsibility on the state to protect life and liberty and the government has not answered as to what is essential in this construction, Senior Advocate Siddarth Luthra told the court on behalf of the petitioners. He had argued what will happen if the completion deadline of Nov. 30 gets shifted to Dec. 30?

The central government, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, told the court that all the safety protocols were being followed at the construction site. He alleged that the PIL was a "facade" and another attempt at halting the project.

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