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Court Puts India’s $130 Million New Parliament Building on Hold

  • Judges irked at government not waiting for court verdict
  • Planned project will replace parliament house, secretariat
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India’s Supreme Court temporarily halted work on a plan to build a new parliament house, a setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi whose legacy will include the ambitious development.

A three-judge panel on Monday expressed unhappiness over the government not waiting for the court’s verdict on petitions ranging from land use to the environmental impact of the project, but allowed paperwork and other procedures -- including a groundbreaking ceremony due Thursday -- to continue. The federal government agreed to put on hold the felling of trees and any construction work until the judgment.