MoHUA & SC Disagree on 2022 Deadline for New Parliament Building
The new parliament building, deadline for completing the project in the 75th year of Independence, 2022, should be met as per the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). However, the Supreme Court expressed displeasure at the government going ahead with its Central Vista redevelopment project, including construction of the new parliament, while legal challenges to various aspects of the approvals process were yet to be decided. The government gave an undertaking to the apex court that it would not carry out any construction, demolition or transplantation of trees till the Court gives its verdict.
MoHUA Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra told that the government was “hopeful of a decision soon”. He added that the court had allowed the Ministry to go ahead with the scheduled ceremony of laying of the foundation stone for the new parliament and said all the processes regarding clearances had been followed.
“The new parliament is being constructed for 135 crore Indians and not for any individual. It is as per the future needs. The deadline of completion, by October 2022, is to mark the 75th year of Independence and should be followed,” he said.
As a part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, the government has proposed construction of a new building adjacent to the British-era Parliament House. The project is estimated to cost ₹971 crore and will be carried out by the Central Public Works Department’s contractor, Tata Projects Ltd., and has been designed by Ahmedabad-based HCP Design, Planning and Management.