NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Centre to proceed with requisite paperwork and proposed ground-breaking ceremony for the Central Vista project.
The apex court, however, said that no construction or demolition will take place till its decide on pending pleas opposing the Central Vista project.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to lay the foundation stone on December 10 for a new Parliament building and the construction is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Saturday.
“The existing temple of democracy is completing 100 years… It is a matter of pride for our countrymen that the new one will be built by our own people as a prime example of Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” Birla said here announcing details of the new proposed building.
“The new building will showcase the cultural diversity of the country. Hopefully, in the 75th year of independence (2022), Parliament session will be held in the new building,” he said.
TOI on November 3 last year had first reported the move to shift PM residence close to Rashtrapati Bhawan.
These four buildings will be in addition to the 10 building blocks, which will be built to accommodate all ministries, central government departments and a massive conference centre. Due to the addition of these four components, the total built up area will be nearly 18.37 lakh sq metres, an increase of 83,000 sq metres. The revised project cost has been estimated at Rs 11,794 crore, an additional expenditure of Rs 764 crore. Earlier it had estimated expenditure of Rs 11,038 crore for the Common Central Secretariat and Conference Centre projects.
Though the government has set the 2024 deadline for the Central Vista redevelopment project, the CPWD, in its application, has indicated that the work could continue for six years.