Delhi High Court dismisses plea seeking to close Central Vista work

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking to stop the construction activities related to the Central Vista Project, amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the capital.

“They have to complete before November 2021. Time is of the essence. Once workers are staying at site and all facilities are provided and COVID 19 behaviour are adhered to, no reason to stop the project. This is not a genuine PIL (public interest litigation),” the high court said.

The petitioner Anya Malhotra, translator, and Sohail Hashmi, historian and documentary filmmaker argued in the petition that the “Central Vision” project is not a major activity and can therefore be suspended the project during the pandemic.

The form is PIL (Public Interest Litigation). Tushar Mehra, the solicitor- general of the center, argued that in this case, the petitioner’s public interest issues were “very selective”. He said that the petitioners did not seem to care about workers in other construction industries in the city.

At the same time, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Saturday, allowing to carry out the construction work, outside the containment zones during the curfew period, which was extended in the city for another week.