Central Vista: SC gives Centre 3 days to reply

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Union government to respond within three days to a petition that claims the Central Vista project will impact a ‘public recreational’ zone.

It would not be possible to have a recreational area at the spot because parliament and the Vice President’s house are being built there, the Centre’s lawyer told the court.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, ‘I will seek instructions from the government but because Parliament and Vice-President’s house is coming up there, it would not be possible to have a recreational area in the vicinity.’

Justices AM Khanwilkar and CT Ravikumar are hearing the case, which will be taken up next on Friday.

The mega project involves a do-over of a 3.2 km stretch in the heart of Delhi, which was designed by the British before Independence, at the cost of Rs 20,000 crore.

NT Bureau