Environment Ministry gives nod for new Parliament project

The Centre’s proposal to create a brand new Parliament building near the existing heritage structure was authorized by the Atmosphere Ministry’s expert evaluation committee (EAC) a week ago.

Environment Ministry

The EAC, however, stated your application was susceptible to the end result of the legal challenge towards the change of land-utilisation of the plot, based on the minutes from the meeting.

The Central Public Works Department’s (CPWD) proposal for “expansion and renovation from the existing Parliament building at Parliament Street” was one of the projects considered through the EAC at its conferences on April 22-24.

While reconsidering the work during last week’s meeting, the EAC noted the project cost, as posted through the CPWD, choose to go up from ?776 crore to ?922 crore because of “changes in project specifications”.

Based on the approved proposal, the brand new Parliament have a maximum height of 42 metre spread over 65,000 square metre of built-up area on the 10.5 acre or 42,031 square metre plot. Structures built within the 1970s and 1980s on the website, such as the existing Parliament reception as well as an AC plant,which total 5,200 square metre in built-up space, is going to be destroyed. From the 333 trees around the plot, 223 is going to be transplanted and 100 retained. Additionally, 290 new trees were suggested to become grown.

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“Once the Parliament expansion is transported out as suggested, the suggested project aims to attempt necessary structural along with other activities needed to sustain the present Parliament building to be used by generations to come of Indians,” the CPWD told the EAC.

No stay order: CPWD

As the March notification from the Secretary of state for Housing and concrete Matters of (MoHUA) altering the land-utilisation of the plot from “recreational (district park)” to “Parliament” in the program of Delhi continues to be challenged within the Top Court, the CPWD clarified that there wasn’t any stay order.

The CPWD posted there could be “no significant impacts on public space” along with the entire area finding yourself in “high security zone”, the plot might have never been employed for recreational purposes.

Answering a representation towards the EAC concerning the timing from the project because the country is reeling underneath the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPWD posted: “The existing Parliament building was built 93 years back. Through the years many planned/ unplanned changes happen to be made, frequently undocumented. It’s in dire necessity of retrofitting as quickly as possible. This only works when the building is within vacant position which will happen when the new building is created available. Therefore, growth and development of the suggested Parliament building is very important.”

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The CPWD mentioned the project was the “expansion of the existing building around the neighbouring plot” therefore the ecological impacts could be “if whatsoever, minor and incremental”.

The work wouldn’t result in any rise in air and noise pollutions and also the water consumption would decrease because of reuse of treated water, the EAC minutes mentioned.

The CPWD’s project is part of a bigger redevelopment from the 3-km Central Vista from Rashtrapati Bhavan till India Gate suggested because of it and also the MoHUA in October 2019. The making of a brand new Parliament should be completed before Independence Day 2022, as mentioned through the CPWD and Housing and concrete Matters Minister Hardeep Puri.

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‘Assessment inadequate’

Kanchi Kohli, a completely independent atmosphere law investigator, stated the assessment done was insufficient. “The CPWD’s EIA consultant has known as the impacts from the modernisation and growth of Parliament, including a completely new building ‘minor and incremental’. This really is without transporting out a complete atmosphere assessment from the stand-alone Parliament project, leave alone the entire Central Vista redevelopment, which it’s a part.”