The decision to continue the project in the capital New Delhi angered the public and opposition politicians, who pointed out that at a time when the country is facing the worst public struggle ever, investing in millions of construction projects is clearly isolated from the world. of. Health crisis.
The petitioner argued that according to the special petition filed by the lawyer Nitin Saluja, the petitioner believes that the Capitol is not an important service, and that the construction project may even become a super-spreader activity for Covid. The document stated that workers continued to be sent from their labor reform operations to the construction site.
The High Court expressed its willingness to hear the case later this month, but the petitioner referred the matter to the Supreme Court on the grounds that the lower court “failed to realize the seriousness of the situation.”
Saluga said in a letter to the Supreme Court: “Due to a public health emergency in this matter, any delay may harm the greater public interest.” Saluga said that the case is likely to open on Friday. Trial.
In the past few days, India has had more than 3,000 Covid-19 deaths every day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) weekly Covid-19 report, the country accounted for a quarter of the global coronavirus deaths in the past week.
Even before the second wave, Central Vista caused controversy, with critics saying that the reconstruction would come at the cost of history and heritage. But the opposition has become more intense recently, and politicians have criticized the plan as a vanity project.
Proponents renovated the 86 acres (35 hectares) of land, believing it was necessary because the 100-year-old buildings are not suitable for use.
According to the minutes of the April Expert Evaluation Committee meeting released last week, 46,700 people are expected to be temporarily hired during the construction period.
The meeting estimated that the expansion of the Capitol and the construction of the new Capitol will be completed in November 2022, and the prime minister’s residence is scheduled to be completed in December 2022. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2026. .
The $1.8 billion project received environmental approval from an expert panel from the Ministry of Environment earlier this year, essentially allowing the project to be approved.
But with the surge in coronavirus cases, the backlash against the Modi project has also increased.
Criticism has gone beyond the scope of politicians. On Twitter, someone even compared Modi with the Roman emperor Nero.
The project is just the latest mark on Modi, which has been criticized for handling the second wave. Critics say that even with the surge in cases, he underestimated the risks and continued to hold large-scale political rallies before state elections.