‘Before criticizing others we should check ourselves first’ this quote fits the Congress party in the current case of Central Vista criticism. CM Ashok Gehlot led the Rajasthan government has started the construction of luxurious flats for the MLAs of the party that too when the party jangled against the Central Vista project during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 20th May Rajasthan government initiated the construction of 160 flats for the MLAs worth Rs 266 crores near the state Assembly in Jyoti Nagar. Congress which ambushed the BJP-led central government over the Central Vista construction project in Delhi by calling it ‘criminal wastage’ maintained that the housing project was being done in ‘accordance with the law’.
Central Vista Project
This project was announced by the central government on 13th September 2019 has the motive of the redevelopment of 86 acres of land in Delhi which includes some significant structures like the Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, North Block, South Block, and the 3Km stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India gate. Numerous government buildings in this region shall be demolished giving the space to a new Parliament structure, a single secretariat for Central government offices, the Prime Minister’s office, and residence, the Vice President Enclave, and SPG (Special Protection Group) buildings.
Structure of new parliament
According to descriptions of the construction plan, the new Parliament building will have a triangular building with a seating capacity of 900 to 1200 MPs. It is likely to be built by August 2022 when India will celebrate its 75th Independence Day. The overall worth of the Central Vista Project has been calculated to Rs 20,000 crore. On 5th January, a three-judge bench of SC including Justices Dinesh Maheshwari, Sanjiv Khanna, and AM Khanwilkar gave the green signal to this project with a majority of 2:1.
Congress on Central Vista
Congress and other opposition parties have pithily opposed the project and tagged the construction as a ‘vanity project’, Rahul Gandhi, Former Congress president has called it ‘criminal wastage’ and asked the government to spend the money in improving medical infrastructures in the pandemic time.
CPI (M) also criticized the project.
This politics came to an end when on 31st May Delhi High Court dismissed the petition against the Central Vista Project and validated the need of this project.
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