PM unveils Netaji statue, revamped Central Vista along Kartavya Path
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the revamped Central Vista Avenue and the newly christened 'Kartavya Path' in New Delhi on Thursday. The PM also unveiled a statue of the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at the India Gate. During the inauguration, PM Modi met workers who built the Central Vista and the statue. The event was attended by many senior dignitaries and VVIPs. Here's more.
Why does this story matter?
- The Central Vista Project, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to revamp the heart of India's power capital.
- The Centre plans to build a new Parliament building and a common central secretariat, revamp the three-kilometer road from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the India Gate (formerly Rajpath), a new office and residence of the prime minister, and a new vice president enclave.
Here are more details about the inauguration
After being shut for over two years, Central Vista Avenue will reopen for the public again after the PM's inauguration. It is part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government's larger Central Vista redevelopment project. Eight bridges have been built on either side of Kartavya Path, and six vending zones have been set up. Traffic restrictions were put in place for the event.
Watch: The revamped Central Vista Avenue
Subhash Chandra Bose statue was also unveiled
The PM unveiled the new Subhash Chandra Bose statue. He then walked toward India Gate, the Central Vista Avenue lawns, and the canal bridge. Later, he inaugurated a picture exhibition titled 'before and after of Kartavya Path', formerly Rajpath. Architect Bimal Patel showed PM Modi the exhibition PM Modi later addressed the public before concluding the event.
PM Modi unveils Netaji statue
From Rajpath to 'Kartavya Path'
Meanwhile, the stretch of road between the India Gate and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Vijay Chowk) has been renamed 'Kartavya Path.' Formerly Rajpath, the new name is reportedly supposed to reflect the duties of a citizen. The revamped path now has red granite walkways, 133 light poles, canal bridges on either side, 4,087 trees, and 114 modern signs.
Watch: Rajpath renamed Kartavya Path
Delhi | A signboard showing the way to 'Kartavya Path' has been placed at Man Singh Road— ANI (@ANI) September 8, 2022
PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate 'Kartavya Path' and unveil the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at India Gate in Delhi today. pic.twitter.com/rA5izS3pph
Traffic diversions around India Gate
The Delhi Police and the traffic department have made elaborate arrangements for traffic movement in the capital. Traffic was diverted around the India Gate circle between 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Traffic was also diverted from Tilak Marg, Purana Quila Road, Shershah Road, Pandora Road, Shahjahan Road, and Akbar Road. Additionally, all government offices were closed and vacated temporarily post-lunch on Thursday.