New Delhi: The Union government on Monday (April 4) informed Rajya Sabha that the estimated costs to be incurred on the development of the Central Vista project for the financial year 2022-23 is Rs 2,285 crore.
Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore gave the information while responding to a question.
On the estimated costs incurred on the Central Vista redevelopment project for the financial year 2022-23, the Minister said, “The estimated cost to be incurred on the development/redevelopment of Central Vista project for the Financial Year 2022-23 is Rs 2,285 crore.”
Asked whether it is a fact that the cost of the Central Vista project has shot up by 29 per cent to over Rs 1,290 crore, the Minister denied the claims by saying, “No Sir”.
Last month, the government informed the Upper House that the work for the first phase of redeveloped Central Vista Avenue, which comprises the Rajpath leading from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the India Gate, is now scheduled to be completed by May 2022. This phase of the project was earlier scheduled for completion by December 2021.
It may be mentioned that last year the Delhi High Court dismissed a plea seeking direction to suspend all construction activity of the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project in view of the second wave of the
COVID-19. The court also slapped a Rs 1 lakh fine on petitioners and asserted that it was a ‘motivated plea’. Anya Malhotra and Sohail Hashmi filed the petition.
The legality of the project has been upheld previously by the Supreme Court.