Delhi High Court dismisses plea to halt Central Vista construction

In a major victory for the Centre, the Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea for halting the construction work of the Central Vista project. While allowing the construction work for the ambitious project, the high court said that it was a "vital and essential" national project.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh dismissed a plea seeking to halt the Central Vista project during the coronavirus pandemic, saying the petition was "motivated" and "not a genuine PIL". The court while refusing to stay construction work, said as the workers are staying on the site, there is no question of suspending the construction work for the project.

The DDMA order in question nowhere prohibits the construction work, the high court said. The bench also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioners. The court said under the contract awarded to the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, work had to be completed by November 2021 and, therefore, it should be allowed to continue.