New Delhi: A petition on Tuesday urged Delhi High Court to halt construction of the Central Vista redevelopment project in view of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic and the threat posed by the construction work as a potential super spreader.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh adjourned the hearing to May 17.
The petitioners Anya Malhotra, a translator, and Sohail Hashmi, a historian and documentary filmmaker, have claimed that the project has the potential to become a super spreader if allowed to continue during the pandemic.
Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, for the petitioners, said the continuation of the project was a matter of concern in view of the “crumbling” healthcare system and the lives at stake of the workers employed at the construction site.
The plea, filed through advocates Gautam Khazanchi and Pradyuman Kaistha, said the project entailed construction activity on Rajpath and the surrounding lawns from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
ASG Chetan Sharma for the Centre informed the bench that he would file a response by the next date of hearing. tnn