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Union Minister defends Central Vista project, gives facts

Saturday, May 8, 2021 • Tamil Comments

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has defended the Central Vista project, which has been described by sections of national and international media as a vanity project. Rahul Gandhi, too, has in the past insinuated that it's a testament to Narendra Modi's ego.

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Taking to Twitter, Singh said that the Congress’s discourse on Central Vista is bizarre. "Cost of Central Vista is about Rs 20,000 crore, over several years. GoI has allocated nearly twice that amount for vaccination! India’s healthcare budget for just this year was over Rs 3 lakh crore. We know our priorities," he wrote.

He added that there are hundreds of projects being executed by various departments. "Governance hasn’t come to a standstill, unlike the Congress’s times of policy paralysis. Central Vista is just another ongoing project. It’s only the Congress that’s obsessed about it, nobody else," the Minister added, tearing into the opposition party.

Adding more facts, he said that only projects for the new Parliament building and the rejuvenation of the Central Vista Avenue have been awarded at an estimated cost of Rs 862 crore and R477 crore respectively till now.

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