The top court in India gives the green light to the controversial new parliament building

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Critics say the $3 billion renovation of Lutyens central landmark by Narendra Modi is a ‘expensive vanity project’

The Supreme Court of India has given permission for a new parliament building that critics have called Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “expensive vanity project” Delhi’s iconic central square in the heart of the capital, home of Parliament and the famous India Gate, will be transformed under the $3 billion scheme, with a new triangular parliament house, government and legislative offices, and a new prime minister’s home. The government plans to complete the new parliament building by the 75th Independence Day of India in August 2022, but was forced to stop construction in December after a lawsuit alleging violations of environmental and land use laws was filed by India’s highest court. The Supreme Court voted 2-1 in favor of the project on Tuesday, saying it is the only area listed as a Grade I heritage site in India. Modi, the fanatic, uses coronavirus crisis to ruin India’s heritage | Anish KapoorRead moreAfter the decision, Randeep Singh Surjewala, a spokesman for the opposition Indian National Congress Party, said the Central Vista project was a case of “misguided priorities of a wayward autocrat trying to etch his name in the annals of history with cement and mortar.” The new Parliament, built by S

It is no longer fit for purpose, according to the government, and a bigger, modern parliament building needs to be constructed. Critics have asked why it is difficult to upgrade the current building and challenged the decision to invest hundreds of billions of rupees on a new building at a time when India is facing an economic crisis due to Covid’s wage slump, the highest unemployment of 455. “In May, 60 retired civil servants wrote to Modi and Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Urban Affairs, condemning the Central Vista project as a “irresponsible step at a time when enormous funds are needed to improve the public health system. “At a ceremony in December, Modi laid the foundation stone for the new parliament building, calling it “a symbol of Indian democracy.”

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