SC approves Rs 20,000 cr Central Vista Project

New Delhi, Jan 5 (Agency) Supreme Court on Tuesday gave its approval to the Centre’s Rs 20,000 crore Central Vista Project. The ambitious project, announced around September, proposes a new Parliament, offices for MPs, new buildings to house central government offices and a residence for the prime minister.

The court gave its verdict after hearing a bunch of petitions, challenging several aspects, including the environmental clearance granted to the project. In its judgement, the apex court said the exercise of power under the Delhi Development Act (DDA) was valid and the recommendations of environmental clearance by the Ministry of Environment proper. A Bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and Sanjiv Khanna pronounced the judgement, with Justices Khanwilkar and Maheshwari forming the majority, and with Justice Khanna pronouncing a separate judgement.