Amid India's struggle with raging pandemic and dying economy, the Modi government remains obsessed with the Central Vista Project, the plan to revamp the 3 km stretch will require over 1000 crore as estimated, so what if the economy is all time low and the pandemic is exploding, Central Vista seems to be the most urgent priority for the Modi government.
Amid India's struggle with raging pandemic and dying economy, the Modi government remains obsessed with the Central Vista Project
What is the project all about?
It plans to redevelop the Central Vista, the 3-km long stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. It also includes a new Parliament building by March 2022 and a common central secretariat by March 2024.along with new residences for the Prime Minister and the Vice President.
There will be a new building for the PMO.A private firm has proposed a triangular-shaped Parliament building next to the existing heritage structure and office buildings all along Rajpath, after demolishing existing buildings. The government has not stated the estimated cost but the CPWD application for environmental clearance estimated the project to cost ₹922 crore.
Reasons given by the government for the plan
Structural safety of Parliament building and the North and South Blocks which came up between 1911 and 1931,need for more space to seat MPs and office space. Modernize old buildings like Shastri Bhawan and Krishi Bhawan. The decision was taken in a hurry. No discussions and consultations were held .The government intends to revamp the monumental legacy. It has ignored the economic limitations and the demands to deal with the pandemic. Environmentalists, historians, and citizens have raised concerns, but government is not ready to pause. Key approvals pushed during lockdown. Land use change hastily done Impacts on environment, traffic and pollution not addressed
Some serious questions....
Why the Central Vista project cannot be deferred?
Is it not a wrongly placed priority?
Is the project so urgent to overlook the pandemic?
Is the revamp more important than the nation's struggle?
We will keep raising these questions These are questions of India to its elected government.