There is an ongoing debate on the Central Vista project and India’s healthcare priorities. Here are a few facts related to both. Cost of Central Vista is about Rs 20,000 crore spread over several years, while the Central government has already allocated nearly twice that amount for vaccination. India’s healthcare budget for this year was over Rs 3 lakh crore.
While India fights against the pandemic, governance in the country hasn’t come to a standstill. Presently, there are hundreds of projects being executed by various departments. Central Vista is just another ongoing project.
In Maharashtra, a new project of reconstructing an MLA hostel is on. A new Legislative Assembly is being built in Chhattisgarh. Similarly, the Central Vista project is on.
Also, as of now, only the projects for new Parliament building & rejuvenation of Central Vista Avenue have been awarded at an estimated cost of Rs 862 crore & Rs 477 crore respectively. There are many components in the Central Vista project which are spread over several years.
In what is much needed in these times, this project creates direct & indirect employment for thousands of skilled, semi-skilled & unskilled workers.