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PM Modi at Central Vista launch

View of the revamped Central Vista Avenue on the eve of its launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi. (PTI)

Stretching from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, the iconic Rajpath was renamed Kartavya Path on Wednesday following a formal decision taken at a special meeting of the New Delhi City Council (NDMC). “Now that we have completed 75 years of independence, it is only fitting to shed the colonial baggage and go with our own legacy to India@100 in the #AmritKaal. The renaming of “Rajpath” to “Kartavyapath” reminds us that the spirit of public service is not “right to rule”, but “duty to serve,” MoS Culture Meenakshi Lekhi tweeted after the meeting.

The revamped Kartavya trail will be inaugurated on Thursday evening by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a special event, attended by Union ministers Hardeep Puri and G Kishan Reddy, which will also see a granite statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose installed under the Grand Canopy at India Gate.

Central Vista redevelopment: you can no longer picnic on the grass next to India Gate

Special areas for ice cream and other food vendors; six new visitor parking spaces; more than 400 banks; amphitheaters for public performances; 64 toilets for women, 32 for men and 10 for disabled people; underpasses for barrier-free crossings; 16 permanent walkway bridges and 16.5km pedestrian walkways – these are some of the new features visitors to the India Gate and Rajpath lawns will experience when the renovated Central Vista opens on September 8, approximately 20 months after it was closed to the redevelopment project.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the stretch and in the coming days cultural programs will greet visitors in what has always been Delhi’s favorite open-air hangout. As previously reported in The Indian Express, a statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose will also be unveiled that day.

Revamped lawns, parking lots, kiosks are highlights of the revamped Central Vista

As a grand inauguration of the revamped Central Vista in the national capital is at stake this week, the Rajpath and India Gate are adorned with refurbished alleys, walkways, new parking bays and several other hi-tech facilities for vendors and visitors.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new Central Vista complex on September 8. The BJP government at the Center has insisted that the winter session of Parliament will be held in the new building being constructed under the Modi government’s ambitious Central Vista redevelopment project.


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