New Delhi: When asked in the Rajya Sabha about the prospect of getting environmental permission for a change to the Central Vista project in the national capital, the government gave a vague answer on Thursday.
Jawahar Sircar, a Rajya Sabha member, had asked the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) if the government is aware of the extent of environmental change in the permeable surface as a result of the radical increase in parking area and the addition of a u-shaped connecting underground rail with the adjacent metro station, which necessitates environmental clearance (for the Central Vista project).
Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State for the MoEF&CC, responded: "The development/redevelopment of Central Vista places an emphasis on environmental sustainability, and the area's overall green cover will expand. There will be no significant reduction in permeable surface area because the parking area is also covered with grass pavers. The proposal for underground metro link is still in the early stages of development." The response stated that "no considerable reduction of permeable surface will occur," but did not define how much. Furthermore, by claiming that underground metro connectivity is now in the planning stages, the subject of environmental clearance was completely avoided.