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Central Vista: SC Dismisses Plea Challenging Change In Land Use Of Plot

A bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said that sufficient explanation has been offered by authorities concerned which justify the change in land use of the plot.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea challenging the change in land use of a plot where the new official residence of the vice president will come up as part of the ambitious Central Vista project in Lutyens’ Delhi.

A bench headed by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar said that sufficient explanation has been offered by authorities concerned which justify the change in land use of the plot.

According to Livelaw, the petitioner’s counsel Shiv Shikhil Suri argued that the change of open green area to residential area is against public interest. About six acres of green area is proposed to be taken over, he submitted.

However, the bench responded saying, “They say that the area is proposed to be made into residential area for Vice President…it is a policy decision. How is it illegal? What are the malafides?”

“Assuming the plot was used for recreational area in the post, is it not open for the authorities to change for the holistic development of the area,” Justice Khanwilkar asked

“We find no reason to examine the matter further and therefore put a quietus to the entire controversy by dismissing this petition,” the bench, also comprising Justices Dinesh Maheshwari and C.T. Ravikumar, said.

The Central Vista revamp, announced in September 2019 envisages a new triangular Parliament building, with a seating capacity for 900 to 1,200 MPs, that is to be constructed by August 2022 when the country will celebrate its 75th Independence Day.

The common Central Secretariat is to be built by 2024 under the project that covers a three-km stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate in the national capital.

The apex court was hearing a petition challenging the change in land use of plot number one from recreational area to residential.

(with inputs from PTI)