Central Vista project essential: Delhi HC junks petition seeking stay, fines petitioner

Delhi High Court has junked a petition seeking stay on the construction of the Central Vista project and said it is essential and a matter of vital public importance.

Delhi High Court has junked a petition that sought stay on the Central Vista project and said it is an essential project and of national importance.

The Delhi High Court bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh has also fined the petitioners Rs 1 lakh and said the petition is not bona fide. The court has said since the construction workers are residing on-site, there is no question of staying the Central Vista construction work.

Delhi HC has said the petition has been filed to stop the Central Vista project, which is a vital public project and cannot be seen in isolation.

“It’s an essential project of national importance. It is vitally important” said the Delhi HC while upholding the legality of the Central Vista project. The government has to complete the work of Central Vista by November 2021.

Delhi High Court also observed, “Since the workers are staying at the site and all Covid protocols are being adhered to, there is no reason for this court while exercising powers under Article 226 to stay the project.”

The high court said that it is a motivated petition while penalising the petitioners to pay a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

The petitioners had contended in their plea that the Central Vista project was not an essential activity and can be put on hold for time being. During the May 17 hearing, the Centre had termed the plea as a “facade” or a “disguise”, aimed at stalling the project.

The petitioners on the other hand had contended they were only interested in the safety of workers at the site and citizens living in the area.

The petitioners’ counsel had likened the project to “Auschwitz”, a German concentration camp during World War II.

Hard-hitting arguments against the maintainability of the plea were made during the hearing.

Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Pvt Ltd, which has been awarded the tender for the project, had also opposed the plea, saying it lacks bonafide and the company was taking care of its workforce.

Source: India Today

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