Central Vista Redevelopment Project
The Delhi High Court quashed a plea seeking to halt construction work at Central Vista Avenue in the national capital.
- The MoHua proposed a Central Vista redevelopment project in 2019.
- It aims to build a triangular-shaped Parliament building next to the existing one alongwith construction of Common Central Secretariat etc.
- Mkaing North and South Blocks into museums
- 87 storied buildings will be built to accomodate staff.
- Buildings like Nirman Bhavan, Krishi Bhavan, and Vigyan Bhavan will be demolished under this project.
- Lack of facilities and infrastructure of the Parliament building to meet the current demand.
- Central govt offices are far away from each other leading to lack of coordination.
- Poor structures of old buildings
Aim of the project
- It is proposed to meet the present and future needs of space for the Parliament, Ministries and Departments,
- to provide better public facilities like parking facilities, etc, fire safety, acoustics concern, etc.
- a new Parliament building by July 2022
- common Central Secretariat by March 2024.
- the strength of the parliament is expected to go from 545 seats to 900 seats after completion of this project
- Currently, the Central Vista of New Delhi houses Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, North and South Block, India Gate, National Archives among others.
Issues raised against Central Vista Project?
Order was issued in April and cleared by the environment ministry’s Expert Appraisal Committee immediately when the country was suffering from COVID Pandemic.
- planning is ongoing since 2015. But information about tender or companies selected is scarce.
- no exhibition of the proposed designs was held, no data revealed
Changes in heritage status
- It is leading to demolition of post-independence constructions, built by Indian architects and engineers in the 60s. Krishi Bhawan, Udyog Bhawan and Rail Bhavan, will be demolished alongwith IGNCA and national museum.
- In 2020 DDA tweaked the land use laws to facilitate the use of public open spaces such as a district park and children’s play area be changed for use as government offices.
- Without any Environment impact assessment.
Image source: Times of India
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