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The Central Vista Project: Critics attack the government’s priorities during the pandemic

There’s no space in hospitals. Why is Modi spending billions on a new residence?

The Central Vista Project: Critics attack the government’s priorities during the pandemic

There’s no space in hospitals. Why is Modi spending billions on a new residence?

The Central Vista Project: Critics attack the government’s priorities during the pandemic

There’s no space in hospitals. Why is Modi spending billions on a new residence?

The Central Vista Project: Critics attack the government’s priorities during the pandemic

There’s no space in hospitals. Why is Modi spending billions on a new residence?

Over 200 billion rupees are going into the construction of a new parliamentary complex in Delhi, despite the urgent need to improved healthcare.

As the coronavirus continues to bring chaos and tragedy to India, Delhi is in lockdown. The whole city is on hold, waiting for the pandemic to pass.

Everywhere, that is, except the Rajpath, where work continues on the Central Vista Project: a huge development of multi-storey offices, a new parliament building, and homes for the vice-president and prime minister.

The development is costing India over US $2.8 billion, or 200 billion rupees, and has attracted criticism ever since the announcement of the plan in 2019. Today, that criticism has grown as a result of the current crisis. How can such an expense be justified in the midst of so much suffering, when the whole country is in desperate need of healthcare?

In January 2021 the case to call off construction was heard before the Supreme Court, which ruled to allow work to proceed. The project does not violate any building regulations, so it cannot be considered illegal, and the court agreed to classify it as an “essential service”.

The ethics of spending so much on what opposition parties describe as a “vanity project” for Narendra Modi, however, are highly questionable.

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