Supreme Court Approves Central Vista Project

The Supreme Court has given its approval to the multi-crore Central Vista redevelopment project. The judgment was given by a three-judge bench. While two judges were in favor of the approval; one was against it but due to the majority numbers, the approval has been given to the project.

Key Points

  • The Central Vista redevelopment project aims to refurbish the power corridor of India, which includes a common Central Secretariat, a new Parliament building, and a renovated Rajpath stretching from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.
  • As per the majority decision given by the judges, the change in land use under the Delhi Development Authority Act in the restricted zone was proper.
  • As per the court, there was no problem in the approval provided by the Heritage Conservation Committee or the Central Vista Committee.


Petitions were filed for the change in land usage of Central Vista stating that the area is of historical importance and it does not comply with the laws. As per the petitioners, there was a prohibition of any new construction in the area.

In November 2020, the court reserved its judgment to examine whether the project complies with land use and environmental regulations.

In December 2020, the Supreme Court allowed the foundation stone ceremony for the new Parliament building after the undertaking by the government to stop any kind of construction or demolition, or shifting of trees in the Central Vista area until the court’s order.

The government had defended the project stating that the present parliament building is very old and is under pressure. The government also ensured to damage to heritage structures will be caused in the project. Finally, the project has got the approval now.