It’s known that Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party at large are against the ambitious Central Vista project, whose budget is upwards of Rs 20,000 Cr. With them upping the ante, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has lashed out at them for suggesting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is building it at the cost of fighting the pandemic.
The Minister said that the cost of the Vista project is spread over several years. The government of India, he added, has allocated nearly twice that amount for vaccination. “India’s healthcare budget for just this year was over ₹3 lakh crore. We know our priorities,” Singh added, saying that healthcare hasn’t been neglected at all.
Central Vista, he said, is merely one of the hundreds of infra projects. “Only projects for New Parliament Building & rejuvenation of Central Vista Avenue have been awarded at an estimated cost of Rs 862 crore and Rs 477 crore respectively till now,” he tweeted.