On Tuesday, the Supreme Court gave its green signal for the Central Vista redevelopment project. The project envisions revamping the nation’s power corridor. This consists of a common Central Secretariat, a new Parliament building and a renovated Rajpath widening from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. Justice A.M. Khanwilkar was heading the three-judge Bench. According to the Bench, the alteration in land use as a part of the Delhi Development Authority Act in the limited zone was fair and appropriate. Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari supported the exercise of power by the Centre to alter the land use of the Master Plan 2021.
The court did not find anything wrong in the grant of the permission by the Central Vista Committee or the Heritage Conservation Committee. According to the judges, there was no requirement of permission at the initial stage of a project. However, it said that the permission is required when the project materialised on the ground. Nevertheless, the third judge on the Bench Justice Sanjeev Khanna observed that the land use alteration for the project was corrupted and bad in law. Apart from this, he noted that there was no comprehensible revelation about the project for public participation. He upheld that there was no preceding permission from the Heritage Conservation Committee.
On the aspect of notice inviting bids for the project, he agreed with the majority opinion. Justice Khanwilkar wrote the majority opinion. He said at the project site, smog guns and towers should be installed mandatorily. The Supreme Court permitted the foundation stone observance on December 7 for the new Parliament building as planned on December 10.