Supreme Court Allows Filing Of Plea Against Environmental Clearance To Central Vista Project

Supreme Court docket allowed a contemporary plea difficult environmental clearance for Central Vista venture

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court docket at present allowed submitting of a contemporary plea difficult the June 17 environmental clearance granted to the bold Central Vista venture, protecting 3-km stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate in Lutyens’ Delhi, for developing a brand new Parliament Home and different authorities buildings.

A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheswari and Sanjiv Khanna allowed senior advocate Shyam Divan to file inside every week a contemporary plea difficult the environmental clearance by the ‘Central Vista Committee’ to the venture.

The central authorities will reply to the petition every week after it’s filed.

The highest court docket, which posted the petition to be filed for listening to within the week commencing August 17, stated nonetheless that it was unsure whether or not bodily listening to would begin by then. It has been holding listening to by way of video conferencing for the reason that COVID-19 lockdown in March.

“We allow every week to Divan to file the petition and every week to Centre to answer inside every week of receiving the plea… Matter to be posted after two weeks,” the bench ordered.

The bench was listening to as many as seven pleas, together with two switch petitions from the Delhi Excessive Court docket, on the problem and so they have been filed by individuals like activist Rajeev Suri and retired Lt Col. Anuj Srivastava in opposition to numerous permissions given to the venture by the authorities together with the nod to vary the land use.

On the outset, Shyam Divan, showing for one of many petitioners, stated the case was primarily in opposition to the permission on change of the land use after which “there was an environmental clearance granted on June 17 to the venture”.

He stated there have been a number of causes of motion and the grant of the environmental clearance may be challenged earlier than the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) and the highest court docket can’t use its energy to curtail that problem to the environmental clearance earlier than the NGT.

The bench stated that there have been two different petitions which raised the environmental points and the contemporary plea on environmental clearance will probably be ruled by the orders of the Supreme Court docket solely.

Lawyer Shikhil Suri stated that one of many pending petitions challenged the grant of environmental clearance to the parliament venture solely, however now the problem of grant of environmental clearance to whole Central Vista venture has come up.

“There is no such thing as a ‘We versus They’ right here. Our parliament is being constructed. In future additionally defence and finance ministry buildings will probably be constructed,” stated Solicitor Common Tushar Mehta, showing for the Centre, including that “non-public people” are earlier than the court docket as additionally the “public spirited people”.

“The venture has to undergo each degree of scrutiny {that a} citizen can invoke. The clearance granted was for the development of recent and renovation of the present parliament constructing,” Shyam Divan stated.

Opposing the grant of the environmental clearance, Shyam Divan stated a piecemeal strategy was adopted and the whole central vista venture was wanted to be registered as a township venture after which the environmental clearance ought to have been granted Lately, the CPWD has supported the the venture and sought dismissal of the pleas difficult it.

Earlier, the Supreme Court docket had stated that any change on the floor degree made by authorities for the Central Vista venture will probably be “at their very own threat”.

It had made it clear that the destiny of the venture, which incorporates a number of new authorities buildings and a brand new Parliament Home, will rely upon its choice.
The pleas have challenged the grant of a no-objection certificates by the Central Vista Committee (CVC) and in addition the environmental clearances for the development of a brand new parliament home constructing.

One of many pleas was filed in opposition to a Delhi Excessive Court docket order which had stated the Delhi Growth Authority (DDA) was not required to apprise it earlier than notifying modifications within the Grasp Plan to permit the Central Vista venture.

The division bench of the Delhi Excessive Court docket had on February 28 stayed an order of its single choose bench which had requested the DDA to strategy the court docket earlier than notifying any change within the Grasp Plan for going forth with the Centre’s bold venture to redevelop the Central Vista.

The excessive court docket’s keep order on the one choose bench’s February 11 course had come on the intra-court attraction of the DDA and the Centre.

The petitioners earlier than the excessive court docket had opposed the Central Vista venture on the bottom that it includes a change in land use of the inexperienced space adjoining Rajpath and Vijay Chowk for constructing new Parliament and authorities workplaces.

Gujarat-based structure agency HCP Designs has received the consultancy bid for the Centre’s bold venture to redevelop the Central Vista.

The revamp, which was introduced in September final 12 months, envisages a brand new triangular Parliament constructing, with seating capability for 900 to 1,200 MPs, that’s focused to be constructed by August, 2022 when the nation will probably be celebrating its 75th Independence Day. The frequent Central Secretariat is prone to be constructed by 2024.

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