For Veep’s residence: Supreme Court dismisses plea against Central Vista

The Central Vista redevelopment project is expected to be completed next year.

New Delhi:

A petition that claims that the Central Vista redevelopment project will affect a “public entertainment” area was today dismissed by the Supreme Court as it insisted, “Everything can be criticized but there must be constructive criticism. “

Justice AM Khanwilkar said, “It (a) private property is not being built there. The Vice President’s residence is being built. There is bound to be greenery all around. The plan has already been approved by the authorities, unless You don’t allege malice in that process.” In a series of stern remarks during the hearing.

“Should we now start asking the common man, where will the Vice President’s residence be?” he asked further

The project involves the reconstruction of a British-designed 3.2-km stretch in the heart of Delhi at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore.

Social activist Rajeev Suri, in his petition, had said that the land use in some areas was changed from “public entertainment” to “residential” for the project. He argued that this would affect the area currently meant for public entertainment.

Today, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that the Center is “increasing green cover as part of overall development.”

The top court, in response to the petition, said it was the prerogative of the authorities concerned to make changes in the development plan, underlining that it was “a policy matter”.

The government had urged the court to dismiss the “wrong” petition.

The government said that the plot in question is being used by the Defense Ministry for years and the government has decided to augment the various public entertainment areas in the master plan of Central Vista for the greater benefit of the public.

The redevelopment project is expected to be completed next year, when India celebrates 75 years of independence. As part of the project, several government buildings, including the Parliament House and the offices of the ministry, will be rebuilt.

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