Supreme Court approves Central Vista project for new parliament building

New Delhi: The country's largest court has approved the Central Vista project, an ambitious project of the central government. A three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar approved the project with a majority of two each. The way for the construction of the new Parliament House has been cleared. The court justified the paperwork while delivering the verdict.

The court said that it is right to change the land use of the land from the DDA. The court upheld the recommendations made by the Ministry of Environment and said to take care of the environment during construction. He asked to install Smog Tower during construction and also to get the approval of the Heritage Committee before construction. A number of issues, including environmental clearances, were raised in petitions challenging the construction of the Central Vista project in the Lutyens zone. Earlier, the apex court had in the previous hearing on 7 December allowed to lay the foundation stone for the new parliament building, but also directed that there would be no construction.

The court reserved its verdict on November 5 last year in the case. Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjeev Khanna were also on this bench. The government was also assured that there will be no construction or demolition work before the decision on the petitions under consideration. After this, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of new Parliament House on 10 December and performed Bhoomi Pujan, which is a part of the Rs 20 thousand crore Central Vista project.

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