The Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has released a fact sheet to bust the false propaganda about the Central Vista project. The ministry said that the redevelopment plan was envisaged in 2019, many months before the outbreak of the pandemic, and it is a generational infrastructure investment project, involving multiple projects spread over six years. It also said that Rs 20,000 crore is gross rough estimate of all the planned development/redevelopment works.
“Till date, only 2 projects of New Parliament Building with tendered cost Rs 862 crore and Redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue with tendered cost Rs 477 crore have been awarded and works are underway. Expenditure incurred on these 2 projects till March 2021 is Rs 195 crore and budget provision for 2021-22 is Rs 790 crore,” the ministry said.
The government has also refuted the reports that Rs 13,450 crore is being incurred on new house for Prime Minister. According to the release the estimate includes multiple projects, including 10 buildings, the ministry said, adding that the construction work for the Prime Minister’s residence has not yet been tendered and no sanction has been accorded by the government.
Justifying the ongoing work at the project site, the central ministry said that stopping the work at this stage will entail creating liabilities for the government under the existing contracts and the workers’ interest. It also cited inflation as a key issue if the project is delayed.
The government also said that environmental sustainability is at the core of the Central Vista project and added that it would result in overall increase in green cover.
“Trees will be transplanted in Eco-Park being developed by NTPC at Badarpur after due permissions from competent authorities. Steps are being taken to minimise on-site air emissions, noise, wastewater discharge, soil erosion as well as construction waste,” the ministry said.
The ministry also promised that none of the heritage buildings – India Gate, Parliament, North & South Blocks, National Archives or any other – will be demolished. “While these heritage buildings retain their architectural majesty, they are under severe stress and in need of comprehensive upgradation. Therefore, the heritage buildings that fall under the scope of the Central Vista development/redevelopment project will be appropriately retrofitted, as per Heritage Conservation standards, and refurbished for their future use,” it added.
It may be recalled here that the Delhi High Court on May 31 dismissed a plea against the ongoing construction activities of the Central Vista Redevelopment project and terming the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) as “illegal motive” to halt the construction work.