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Central Vista: SC dismisses plea challenging change in land use

By Priyanka Verma 
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a writ petition which challenged the proposal to change the land use of Plot 1 in the Central Vista area from ‘recreational’ to ‘residential’ to build the new official residences of Vice President and the Prime Minister.

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A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari and CT Ravikumar was hearing the plea by Advocate Rajeev Suri challenging the change in land use.

“It’s not (a) private property being created there. The Vice President’s residence is being created. There is bound to be greenery around. The plan has already been approved by authorities unless you are alleging malafide in that process,” Justice AM Khanwilkar said during the hearing in a series of tough remarks.

The petition had claimed that the notification was violative of Article 21 of the Constitution and will deprive the residents of Delhi open space in Central Vista. It was further submitted that the change will result in deprivation of recreational play area to children and the right to public transportation systems.

It was further submitted that the change will result in deprivation of recreational play area to children and the right to mass transportation systems.

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Advocate Rajeev Suri had earlier challenged the public notice dated March 4, 2020 with regard to the change in land use.

The Supreme Court, however, disposed of that plea on August 28, 2020 stating that final decision had not been taken yet and the petitioner would be free to approach the court as and when a final decision is taken.

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