Supreme Court gives Centre nod for foundation stone-laying ceremony of Central Vista project

The new Parliament building will come up close to the existing one under the Central Vista redevelopment project while the present building will be conserved as an archaeological asset of the country

Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Centre to move forward with their foundation stone-laying ceremony for the Central Vista Project cautioning that no construction or demolition would be done until the Supreme Court disposes of the pending pleas regarding the matter.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has also informed a bench headed by Justin AM Khanwilkar that there will be cutting down of trees in site for the project.

“It should not be a fait accompli presented to the court…. Stop at the foundation laying ceremony. Some deference must be shown to the court,” the bench observed.

PM Modi is, however, going to lay the foundation stone on 10th of December for a new parliament building the construction work of which is expected to be finished within 2020 by Gujarat-based architecture firm HCP Designs with an expense of 971 crore.

Although, the Centre has argued that there was no ground reality to scrap the projects, the apex court reserved the pleas related to many aspects including the environmental clearance.

Devised with modern technology, the earthquake-resistant building boasts with 888 seat capacity in Lok Sabha & 384 seats in Rajya Sabha.

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