SC dismisses plea challenging change of plot use under Central Vista project

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The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition challenging the change in the land use of a plot where the new official residences of the vice-president of India and the prime minister are slated to come up as part of the ambitious Centra Vista project in Delhi.

The Supreme Court said that it is not the case of the petitioner that the project is being undertaken without the power to do so. The Supreme Court also said that it was a matter of policy and no mala fide intent was shown by the petitioners. Therefore, the court is not inclined to entertain it.

In January this year, the Supreme Court had approved the Central Vista project that covers a 3km stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate at the heart of Delhi.

The Central Vista revamp, announced in September 2019 envisages a new triangular Parliament building, with a seating capacity of 900 to 1,200 MPs, that is to be constructed by August 2022 when the country will be celebrating its 75th Independence Day.

The petitioner had argued that the Central Vista development authorities had not shown any public interest over the change in land use, from recreational to residential, for the plot.

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