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Modi presses ahead with $1.8 billion parliament renovation even as Covid-19 ravages India
https://www.cnn.com/profiles/julia-hollingsworth
By Julia Hollingsworth and Swati Gupta, CNN

Updated 11:40 PM ET, Thu May 6, 2021


New Delhi (CNN)While hospitals plead for life-saving oxygen and Covid-19 patients die in their thousands, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing ahead with a $1.8 billion parliamentary revamp -- including a new home for the country's leader.

The decision to continue with the project in the capital, New Delhi, has infuriated the public and opposition politicians, who have pointed to the apparent disconnect in pouring millions into a construction project when the country is struggling with its worst-ever public health crisis.

The pricey renovation, known as the Central Vista Redevelopment Project, has been categorized as an "essential service," meaning construction is allowed to continue even when most other building projects have been halted.


Construction work underway on the Central Vista redevelopment project at Rajpath on April 17, 2021 in New Delhi, India.

Two citizens -- including one with Covid-19 whose mother also has the virus -- lodged a case with the Delhi High Court on Wednesday to try to halt construction, which has continued even while the capital is in lockdown.

The petitioners argue the parliament buildings don't constitute an essential service and construction work could even become a Covid super-spreader event, according to special leave petition filed by lawyer Nitin Saluja. Workers are continuing to be ferried from their labor camp to the construction site, according to the document.

The High Court offered to hear the case later this month, but petitioners took the matter to the Supreme Court, arguing the lower court had "failed to appreciate the gravity" of the situation.

"Since there is a public health emergency in the matter, any delay could be detrimental to the larger public interest," Saluja wrote to the Supreme Court. Saluja said the case will most likely be heard Friday.

India has reported more than 3,000 Covid-19 deaths in each of the past few days. The country accounted for a quarter of global coronavirus fatalities over the past week, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) weekly Covid-19 report.

Vanity project?
Even before the second wave, Central Vista had attracted controversy, with critics saying the redevelopment would come at the cost of history and heritage. But opposition has become more heated recently, with politicians slamming the plan as a vanity project.

Proponents of the 86-acre (35-hectare) revamp say it is necessary as the current 100-year-old buildings are not fit for purpose.
"The launch of the construction of the Parliament House of India, with the idea of Indianness by Indians, is one of the most important milestones of our democratic traditions," Modi said in December at the laying of the building's foundation stone. "We the people of India will construct this new Parliament building together."

An estimated 46,700 people are expected to be temporarily employed during construction, according to minutes released last week of an April expert appraisal committee meeting.

That meeting estimated the expansion of the parliament building and construction of a new parliament building will be completed in November 2022, while the Prime Minister's residence is set to be finished in December 2022. The entire project is set to be completed by the end of 2026.

The $1.8 billion project was given environmental approval from an expert panel of the Environment Ministry earlier this year, essentially giving the project the green light.

But as coronavirus cases have soared, so too has the backlash to Modi's project.

"People are dying of Covid but (Prime Minister Modi's) priority is the Central Vista project," tweeted Yashwant Sinha, the former minister of finance and external affairs. "Should we not be building hospitals instead? How much more price the nation must pay for electing a meglomaniac?"

Earlier this week, opposition MP Rahul Gandhi said: "The (Prime Minister's) ego is bigger than people's lives."

In a previous tweet, Gandhi said: "Central Vista - not essential. Central (Government) with a vision - essential." Community Party of India's Sitaram Yechury called the move "grotesque."

The criticism has gone beyond politicians. On Twitter, some people have even drawn comparisons between Modi and Nero, the Roman emperor who, according to legend, fiddled while Rome burned.

The project is just the latest mark against Modi, who has been criticized for his handling of the second wave. Even as cases skyrocketed, critics say he underplayed the risk and continued to hold mass political rallies ahead of state elections.

 

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So as per cnn stopping parliament work will India will kill corona, no wonders Americans need Indians to work in NASA:lol:
 

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When China was hit by a problem, the whole nation get united fighting this challenge. When India is hit by a problem, their politicians imediately start to fight each other, no one cares about that problem itself.

 

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I don't Understand the central Vista project has been approved for years and the money has been financed from banks. It has no link to covid India. By this logic India should stop all construction projects in the country and put all money in Fight against Covid. Thats not how the world works. The Vista project should go through.
When China was hit by a problem, the whole nation get united fighting this challenge. When India is hit by a problem, their politicians imediately start to fight each other, no one cares about that problem itself.

Welcome to Democracy. Chinese politicians have no one to fight against. Its a one party system. There is no comparison.
 

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Modi presses ahead with $1.8 billion parliament renovation even as Covid-19 ravages India
https://www.cnn.com/profiles/julia-hollingsworth
By Julia Hollingsworth and Swati Gupta, CNN

Updated 11:40 PM ET, Thu May 6, 2021


New Delhi (CNN)While hospitals plead for life-saving oxygen and Covid-19 patients die in their thousands, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing ahead with a $1.8 billion parliamentary revamp -- including a new home for the country's leader.

The decision to continue with the project in the capital, New Delhi, has infuriated the public and opposition politicians, who have pointed to the apparent disconnect in pouring millions into a construction project when the country is struggling with its worst-ever public health crisis.

The pricey renovation, known as the Central Vista Redevelopment Project, has been categorized as an "essential service," meaning construction is allowed to continue even when most other building projects have been halted.


Construction work underway on the Central Vista redevelopment project at Rajpath on April 17, 2021 in New Delhi, India.

Two citizens -- including one with Covid-19 whose mother also has the virus -- lodged a case with the Delhi High Court on Wednesday to try to halt construction, which has continued even while the capital is in lockdown.

The petitioners argue the parliament buildings don't constitute an essential service and construction work could even become a Covid super-spreader event, according to special leave petition filed by lawyer Nitin Saluja. Workers are continuing to be ferried from their labor camp to the construction site, according to the document.

The High Court offered to hear the case later this month, but petitioners took the matter to the Supreme Court, arguing the lower court had "failed to appreciate the gravity" of the situation.

"Since there is a public health emergency in the matter, any delay could be detrimental to the larger public interest," Saluja wrote to the Supreme Court. Saluja said the case will most likely be heard Friday.

India has reported more than 3,000 Covid-19 deaths in each of the past few days. The country accounted for a quarter of global coronavirus fatalities over the past week, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) weekly Covid-19 report.

Vanity project?
Even before the second wave, Central Vista had attracted controversy, with critics saying the redevelopment would come at the cost of history and heritage. But opposition has become more heated recently, with politicians slamming the plan as a vanity project.

Proponents of the 86-acre (35-hectare) revamp say it is necessary as the current 100-year-old buildings are not fit for purpose.
"The launch of the construction of the Parliament House of India, with the idea of Indianness by Indians, is one of the most important milestones of our democratic traditions," Modi said in December at the laying of the building's foundation stone. "We the people of India will construct this new Parliament building together."

An estimated 46,700 people are expected to be temporarily employed during construction, according to minutes released last week of an April expert appraisal committee meeting.

That meeting estimated the expansion of the parliament building and construction of a new parliament building will be completed in November 2022, while the Prime Minister's residence is set to be finished in December 2022. The entire project is set to be completed by the end of 2026.

The $1.8 billion project was given environmental approval from an expert panel of the Environment Ministry earlier this year, essentially giving the project the green light.

But as coronavirus cases have soared, so too has the backlash to Modi's project.

"People are dying of Covid but (Prime Minister Modi's) priority is the Central Vista project," tweeted Yashwant Sinha, the former minister of finance and external affairs. "Should we not be building hospitals instead? How much more price the nation must pay for electing a meglomaniac?"

Earlier this week, opposition MP Rahul Gandhi said: "The (Prime Minister's) ego is bigger than people's lives."

In a previous tweet, Gandhi said: "Central Vista - not essential. Central (Government) with a vision - essential." Community Party of India's Sitaram Yechury called the move "grotesque."

The criticism has gone beyond politicians. On Twitter, some people have even drawn comparisons between Modi and Nero, the Roman emperor who, according to legend, fiddled while Rome burned.

The project is just the latest mark against Modi, who has been criticized for his handling of the second wave. Even as cases skyrocketed, critics say he underplayed the risk and continued to hold mass political rallies ahead of state elections.

Modi is tone deaf and gives a shit about his fellow Indians
 

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I don't Understand the central Vista project has been approved for years and the money has been financed from banks. It has no link to covid India. By this logic India should stop all construction projects in the country and put all money in Fight against Covid. Thats not how the world works. The Vista project should go through.
There problem is Modi.. Cnn is chinese news network..
 

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Modi presses ahead with $1.8 billion parliament renovation even as Covid-19 ravages India
https://www.cnn.com/profiles/julia-hollingsworth
By Julia Hollingsworth and Swati Gupta, CNN

Updated 11:40 PM ET, Thu May 6, 2021


New Delhi (CNN)While hospitals plead for life-saving oxygen and Covid-19 patients die in their thousands, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing ahead with a $1.8 billion parliamentary revamp -- including a new home for the country's leader.

The decision to continue with the project in the capital, New Delhi, has infuriated the public and opposition politicians, who have pointed to the apparent disconnect in pouring millions into a construction project when the country is struggling with its worst-ever public health crisis.

The pricey renovation, known as the Central Vista Redevelopment Project, has been categorized as an "essential service," meaning construction is allowed to continue even when most other building projects have been halted.


Construction work underway on the Central Vista redevelopment project at Rajpath on April 17, 2021 in New Delhi, India.

Two citizens -- including one with Covid-19 whose mother also has the virus -- lodged a case with the Delhi High Court on Wednesday to try to halt construction, which has continued even while the capital is in lockdown.

The petitioners argue the parliament buildings don't constitute an essential service and construction work could even become a Covid super-spreader event, according to special leave petition filed by lawyer Nitin Saluja. Workers are continuing to be ferried from their labor camp to the construction site, according to the document.

The High Court offered to hear the case later this month, but petitioners took the matter to the Supreme Court, arguing the lower court had "failed to appreciate the gravity" of the situation.

"Since there is a public health emergency in the matter, any delay could be detrimental to the larger public interest," Saluja wrote to the Supreme Court. Saluja said the case will most likely be heard Friday.

India has reported more than 3,000 Covid-19 deaths in each of the past few days. The country accounted for a quarter of global coronavirus fatalities over the past week, according to the World Health Organization's (WHO) weekly Covid-19 report.

Vanity project?
Even before the second wave, Central Vista had attracted controversy, with critics saying the redevelopment would come at the cost of history and heritage. But opposition has become more heated recently, with politicians slamming the plan as a vanity project.

Proponents of the 86-acre (35-hectare) revamp say it is necessary as the current 100-year-old buildings are not fit for purpose.
"The launch of the construction of the Parliament House of India, with the idea of Indianness by Indians, is one of the most important milestones of our democratic traditions," Modi said in December at the laying of the building's foundation stone. "We the people of India will construct this new Parliament building together."

An estimated 46,700 people are expected to be temporarily employed during construction, according to minutes released last week of an April expert appraisal committee meeting.

That meeting estimated the expansion of the parliament building and construction of a new parliament building will be completed in November 2022, while the Prime Minister's residence is set to be finished in December 2022. The entire project is set to be completed by the end of 2026.

The $1.8 billion project was given environmental approval from an expert panel of the Environment Ministry earlier this year, essentially giving the project the green light.

But as coronavirus cases have soared, so too has the backlash to Modi's project.

"People are dying of Covid but (Prime Minister Modi's) priority is the Central Vista project," tweeted Yashwant Sinha, the former minister of finance and external affairs. "Should we not be building hospitals instead? How much more price the nation must pay for electing a meglomaniac?"

Earlier this week, opposition MP Rahul Gandhi said: "The (Prime Minister's) ego is bigger than people's lives."

In a previous tweet, Gandhi said: "Central Vista - not essential. Central (Government) with a vision - essential." Community Party of India's Sitaram Yechury called the move "grotesque."

The criticism has gone beyond politicians. On Twitter, some people have even drawn comparisons between Modi and Nero, the Roman emperor who, according to legend, fiddled while Rome burned.

The project is just the latest mark against Modi, who has been criticized for his handling of the second wave. Even as cases skyrocketed, critics say he underplayed the risk and continued to hold mass political rallies ahead of state elections.

Any logic???:ashamed:
Article literally preaches to stop all of the evolution, maybe that may halt covid:cuckoo:
 

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Frankly, the new building doesn't even look good. The current one looks iconic and should've continued using that for this century
 

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Modi said in December at the laying of the building's foundation stone. "We the people of India will construct this new Parliament building together."
Who is this "we" ?

So those two men who petitioned against this construction in the courts are not Indians but Martians ?

"The launch of the construction of the Parliament House of India, with the idea of Indianness by Indians, is one of the most important milestones of our democratic traditions," Modi said in December at the laying of the building's foundation stone.
Then why did Modi purchase those two Boeing, American, non-Indian airplanes that are the equivalent of the American Air Force Ones ? Where was the "Indianness" then ?

An estimated 46,700 people are expected to be temporarily employed during construction, according to minutes released last week of an April expert appraisal committee meeting.
That is the same idiotic excuse like Mukesh Ambani's grotesque 27-storey "house" in Bombay which has homeless and in-slum people not far from that building.

So as per cnn stopping parliament work will India will kill corona, no wonders Americans need Indians to work in NASA:lol:
Firstly, the country should dedicate every resource, especially its massive military, to fight COVID, especially at a time when other countries are also helping India in this.

Secondly, building free blindness and cancer hospitals and building good quality homes for the homeless and slum people is of more importance than this project of "Indianness" vanity.

Thirdly, those 35 percent Indians employed by NASA are a myth. A myth like many other beliefs in India.

I don't Understand the central Vista project has been approved for years and the money has been financed from banks. It has no link to covid India. By this logic India should stop all construction projects in the country and put all money in Fight against Covid. Thats not how the world works. The Vista project should go through.
Firstly, see my reply to Gulli above.

Secondly, your profile-pic is of the socialist Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh. Would he have approved of what you said ?

Largest dumbcracy..
Welcome to Democracy.
India is not a democracy but a demagoguery.

Chinese politicians have no one to fight against. Its a one party system.
OK, China is a one-party system, America is a two-party system, India is a multi-party confusion, so why don't you speak for an actually democratic partyless system where people's welfare and decisions are implemented instead of the sham now where people engage in five-yearly power-game elections and impose their unscientific, unjust and many times plain rubbish decisions upon the country, rubbish like that Statue of Unity tallest statue in the world or indeed this Central Vista project ?

Any logic???:ashamed:
Article literally preaches to stop all of the evolution, maybe that may halt covid:cuckoo:
How much of India is evolution ? Was it evolution when those 350,000+ Indian farmers committed suicide between 1995 and 2015 because of socio-economic reasons ? Was it evolution when students and business people commit suicide ? Was it evolution when Indians remain blind and die of cancers not because there is no cure but because they have no money ?

Modi wants to live like an emperor while the country around him is in shambles. Ridiculous !

His former party colleague Yashwant Sinha said this :
"People are dying of Covid but (Prime Minister Modi's) priority is the Central Vista project," tweeted Yashwant Sinha, the former minister of finance and external affairs. "Should we not be building hospitals instead?
 
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All that feku cares about is ayyashi on taxpayers money. First his 8000 crores planes and now this shit when 10 million more people have lost their employment in last 4 months
 

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All that feku cares about is ayyashi on taxpayers money. First his 8000 crores planes and now this shit when 10 million more people have lost their employment in last 4 months
forget 10 million people unemployed dude, worry about the 10 million who will die from covid. modi has taken incompetence to a whole new level previously deemed impossible to achieve.
 

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forget 10 million people unemployed dude, worry about the 10 million who will die from covid. modi has taken incompetence to a whole new level previously deemed impossible to achieve.
I have said it hundreds of time and I am saying it again, no one has died of covid so far. It's a scam being run by the government and hospitals.
 

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