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NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the government to go ahead with the 'central vista project', which aims to redevelop the Parliament area and government offices around it. The permission, however, comes with several riders.
The court while granting a green signal to the redevelopment project upheld the notification of a change in land use as well as the recommendations made by the environment ministry.
The apex court has directed the project proponent of central vista project to install smog tower and use anti-smog guns at all construction sites. Another rider includes clearances from heritage conservation committee.
Pronouncing its verdict on the petitions the three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar permitted the project by 2:1 majority.
A number of petitions challenged the construction of central vista project in the Lutyen's zone, alleging certain violations, including change in land use and environmental compliances.
Earlier, the Supreme Court on December 7 had allowed the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new Parliament building on December 10 but directed that no construction should take place.
A bench of the apex court, headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, had observed that the central government may lay down the foundation stone for the Central Vista project but no construction, demolition or felling of trees shall take place for the same.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone and performed 'Bhumi Pujan' for the construction of the new Parliament building, which is a part of the Rs 20,000 crores Central Vista project on December 10.
(With inputs from agencies)