The Congress government in Chhattisgarh has stopped all major projects sanctioned last year in New Raipur citing Covid-19 hardships.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel took to Twitter to announce this on Thursday. “Our citizens-our priority. Some projects were initiated ahead of Covid-19 times including a new Assembly building, Raj Bhavan, CM House, new circuit house and residences of ministers and officers. In the times of crisis, these projects are stopped immediately,” tweeted Baghel.
The Public Works Department was also quick to issue orders for stopping all major projects worth several hundred
crores in new Raipur with immediate effect.
The Congress party spokesperson in Chhattisgarh soon after tagged a tweet to former chief minister Dr Raman Singh asking whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also stop the Central Vista project.
Vikas Upadhyay, the parliamentary secretary of PWD, wrote a letter to BJP President JP Nadda reminding him of his letter sent to Congress President Sonia Gandhi in which Nadda had claimed that the grand old party was opposing the Central Vista project while it’s going ahead with a new Assembly building in Chhattisgarh.
Upadhyay informed him about the new decisions and said that Rs 20,000 crore thus saved will be invested in the vaccination drive. “I hope the Centre will also follow suit and will stop the Central Vista project,” he claimed.
While the BJP called it a strategy of one step forward and two steps backwards.
BJP spokesperson Sanjay Shrivastava slammed the Baghel government for the ‘political move’, saying the State government has secured Rs 50,000 crore loans in 2.5 years and its financial situation is dismal. It’s like walking one step forward and two steps backwards. The Centre is working on a long-term vision with a planned approach, so the State government should not question others if it is facing financial hardships and stops projects.
“If they had financial constraints why they started these projects in the first place,” asked Shrivastava. “The Congress party is full of contradictions and there won’t be any surprise if they (state govt) backtrack in future and say that they are restarting these stalled projects,” he added.
The Central Vista is an ambitious project of the Narendra Modi government, aiming to redevelop a 3.2 km stretch in the heart of Lutyens’ Delhi, built by Britishers in the 1930s. Several Opposition leaders and environmentalists are opposing the projects.