Environment Ministry Clears New Parliament at Rs 922 crores

On May 2, 2020, the Expert Appraisal Committee cleared the proposal to new Parliament at Rs 922 crores. The Central Vista committee has also approved the new plan.

Support from other Government Entities

The case on minimized tree cutting and its related environmental concerns is still pending before the Supreme court. However, the apex court had refused to stay the Central Vista Redevelopment project recently.

The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), amidst COVID-19 crisis is supporting the project. According to CPWD, the Parliament was constructed 93 years ago and building a new building is of utmost importance.

Central Vista Redevelopment Project

The project aims to build a triangular parliament building. It will revamp the 3-km long Raj Path from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.

What is Central Vista?

The Central Vista of New Delhi houses Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, North and South Block and National Archives. The Parliament House was designed by Lutyens and Baker. The Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens and the secretariat that includes both north and south block was designed by Herbert Baker.

Concerns

Many historians are concerned that the project will demolish historical buildings.

Objective

The plan is to be completed by 2022. The new buildings will have underground parking system. Also, the new building will have metro connectivity and separate metro stations.

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