Central Vista Project
Central Vista: It was said by the Union Minister that the cost of the new Parliament House is Rs 862 crore and the cost of Central Vista Avenue is about Rs 477 crore. That is, overall this cost is Rs 1300 crore.
New Delhi. The work of Central Vista Project is going on continuously. Meanwhile, after getting the green signal from the Delhi High Court, the central government has opened a front against the opposition. Now the government is answering all the allegations of Congress with documents. On Sunday, every question regarding the project was answered in a sequential manner by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. A document has been issued by the government regarding this. Taking a jibe at the opposition, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that a wrong discourse is being fabricated regarding the Central Vista redevelopment plan. He emphasized that this is not a “vain project” but a necessity.
The opposition had alleged that Rs 20,000 crore was being spent on the project this year during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry has responded by saying that the redevelopment plan was conceived in 2019, several months before the outbreak of the pandemic. The government has said that these projects will be completed in six years and the estimated expenditure so far is Rs 20,000 crore.
It was told by the Union Minister that the cost of the new Parliament building is Rs 862 crore and the cost of Central Vista Avenue is about Rs 477 crore. That is, overall this cost is Rs 1300 crore. So far, till March 2021, an expenditure of 195 crores has been made. The budget was increased by 137% by the government. At the same time, Rs 35000 crore was given separately for corona vaccination.
Puri said that in 2012, the then Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar’s Officer on Special Duty had written a letter to the Union Urban Development Secretary for the new Parliament building and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh had also advocated for the new building. Puri said that in 2012 it was said that there is a need for a new Parliament building but in 2021 these 60 former bureaucrats are saying that the government is building a new building ‘out of superstition’.