Indian SC clears controversial Delhi renovation plan

6 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court has allowed the government to go ahead with a renovation project that includes the construction of a new parliament, reports BBC.

Critics had appealed to the court to cancel the project, saying the money could be spent on people’s welfare.

The government says the 200bn-rupee ($2.7bn; £2bn) project is needed to revamp the area in central Delhi which houses major government buildings.

This comes as India’s economy has contracted for two straight quarters.

The court had reserved its judgement in early November saying that it would examine petitions on whether the project violated environmental and land use regulations.

“We hold that there are no infirmities in clearances given or change in land use,” a three-judge bench said on Tuesday. The court also asked the environment ministry to setup smoke towers and use smoke guns at the construction site to curb pollution.