New Delhi, May 31 (PTI) Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday said a false narrative is being created over the Central Vista redevelopment plan and asserted that it is not a 'vanity project', but a necessity.
He also said no design has been finalised for a new Prime Minister's residence and only two projects -- the Parliament building and Central Vista Avenue -- are currently being executed at a cost of around Rs 1,300 crore.
Hitting out at the opposition, the Union housing and urban affairs minister said he has been noticing that a false narrative is being created over the central project and added that no heritage building will be 'touched'.
'It is not a vanity project, and this is a project of necessity,' Puri asserted while addressing a press conference. The Delhi High Court on Monday allowed the construction work of the Central Vista project to continue, saying 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 project during the coronavirus pandemic, saying the petition was 'motivated' and 'not a genuine PIL'. It imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the petitioners.
The redevelopment of the Central Vista, the nation's power corridor, envisages a new Parliament building, a common central secretariat, revamping of the 3-km Rajpath from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, new Prime Minister's residence and office, and a new Vice President Enclave. PTI BUN BUN ANB ANB