Over the last few weeks, the Central Vista project has become a topic of debate and discussion across India. While Opposition leaders continue to rail against the ongoing work amid the pandemic-induced lockdown, the Delhi Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking direction to halt work on the Central Vista Avenue Redevelopment Project. At the same time, there is intense speculation about the projected timeline of the project.
On Monday morning, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri took to Twitter countering a report that suggested that work on the Prime Minister's residence was likely to begin in the month of August. "Conceptual designs of PM Residence have still not been presented to the Ministry," the Aviation Minister contended, dubbing the report "amusing".
"Further, before construction starts, the design has to be finalised, approved and works have to be awarded after tendering," he added. Puri did not however add any details about the actual the timeframe.
Earlier in May, reports had indicated that the Prime Minister and Vice President's residence would become ready for occupation by the end of 2022. As per a Hindustan Times report that quoted the Central Public Works Department, the Vice President's residence is expected to be ready by May 2022, while the PM's residence is scheduled for completion in December the same year.
The massive redevelopment project envisages a new triangular Parliament building, a common central secretariat and revamping of the three-km-long Rajpath, from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, as well as the creation of a new Parliament building and new residences and office for the Prime Minister and the Vice President. The construction work for the project is being carried out since January 5, 2021, after the top court dismissed petitions challenging the project.
(With inputs from agencies)