India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a petition asking to put Prime Minister Narendra Modi's lavish "Central Vista" project in Delhi on hold for the time being, given the COVID conditions. The construction of the $2.6 billion project has been classified under "essential services", a decision that has not gone down well with the opposition Congress party. ₹13450 crores for Central Vista. — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 4, 2021 The petitioners, unnamed in media reports, have escalated the plea, saying that at a time when Delhi has over 1.17 million active coronavirus cases, construction workers are either camping near the site of the Central Vista project or travel 16 kilometres to work every day, which is unsafe, given the circumstances. In addition, Delhi is currently under a lockdown until 15 May, under which only construction sites with on-site accommodation for labourers are allowed to carry on with their work. The Central Vista project, however, reportedly doesn’t meet this criteria, hence the continuation of the construction has come under question. © REUTERS / ADNAN ABIDI Indian PM Modi’s Ambitious Project to Replace Colonial Parliament Building OK’d by Top Court In December 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the… Read full this story
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