PM Modi to unveil new Central Vista Avenue today

8 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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The remodelled Central Vista Avenue, also known as the “Kartavya Path,” will be officially opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night. Several significant ceremonial event...

The remodelled Central Vista Avenue, also known as the “Kartavya Path,” will be officially opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday night.

Several significant ceremonial events, including the Republic Day procession, frequently take place along Central Vista Avenue, which runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan to the famous India Gate. At 7 o’clock, Prime Minister Modi will officially inaugurate the stretch’s renovation and reveal the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. On the redesigned stretch, the government has also scheduled a four-day cultural event. The administration has also scheduled a cultural event and a drone display following the inauguration, in addition to this.

Here are five details concerning the alterations to Central Vista Avenue:

  • The “Kartavya Path” now features 16.5 km of red granite paths, renovated waterways, restored and polished facades, public conveniences, designated vending areas, and better signage.
  • There are 16 food stands and an amphitheater in place. Low-level bridges that cross the upgraded water channels have also been created.
  • An area with enough for about 1,000 automobiles has been built together with four new pedestrian underpasses.
  • New exhibition panels and improved night lighting have also been installed, according to a formal government announcement, to improve the visitor experience.
  • The renovation also incorporates a number of environmentally friendly elements, such as energy-efficient lighting, used water recycling, and solid waste management.

PM Modi will unveil the statue and officially open the renovated Central Vista Avenue at 7 o’clock in the evening. The entire stretch is surrounded by green grass, 16.5 km of red granite sidewalks, renovated waterways, restored and polished facades, public conveniences, designated vending areas, and upgraded signs. The renowned section of road is getting a major revamp as well, with new pedestrian underpasses, better parking places, new exhibition panels, and increased night lighting among many other improvements.

It represents a change from the former Rajpath, which served as a symbol of authority, to the Kartavya Path, which serves as an illustration of public ownership and empowerment… According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, these actions are in keeping with Prime Minister Modi’s second panch pran for New India in Amrit Kaal, which is to “eliminate any vestige of colonial thinking,” one of Modi’s five commitments to make India a developed nation by 2047.

A four-day cultural event was scheduled by the government for the newly renovated stretch, which will be accessible to the general public in 19 months. At India Gate, accommodations have been constructed for 1,500 guests for the ceremony beginning at 7 o’clock in the evening. Senior Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) official: “There are four stages on the lawns between Mansingh Road and Rafi Marg where cultural activities are scheduled for the public.”

Following the inauguration, the administration has scheduled a cultural event and a drone display on Bose. The event will begin at 8.45 p.m., according to a senior official at the ministry of culture. The 65 metric tonnes, the 28-foot-long monument of Bose, which was created by sculptor Arun Yogiraj, was first placed at India Gate’s canopy, where a statue of King George V had previously stood, before being moved to Delhi’s Coronation Park in 1968.

According to a culture ministry official who asked to remain anonymous, “It is one of the tallest, monolithic handcrafted sculptures in India… the presentation of the monument of Netaji will be accompanied to the music of Kadam Kadam Badhaye Jaa, the traditional Indian National Army hymn.”

The statue will take the place of a 28-foot-long holographic statue that PM Modi unveiled on January 23, the day of Bose’s birth. The monolithic granite stone was transported from Khammam, Telangana, to Delhi using a 100-foot-long truck with 140 wheels. The PMO statement stated that the statue, which will be built of granite, “would be a symbol of the country’s obligation to him and is a fitting homage to the great contribution of Netaji to our independence movement.”

Traditional Chanda and Shankh Vadayam from Manipur and Panch Vadayam and Chanda from Kerala will be performed to signal the arrival of the PM at the canopy. A cultural performance by 500 dancers will follow to illustrate the meaning of Ek Bharat – Shrestra Bharat (one India, superior India) and Unity in Diversity. Around 30 performers will perform tribal folk art forms including Sambalpuri, Panthi, Kalbelia, and Kargam on the steps of the Amphitheatre near India Gate to the live music of Nashik Dhol Pathik Tasha and Drums. Originally composed by previous Padma Bhushan laureate Shri Krishna Ratanjankar, Mangalgaan was initially performed on the first Independence Day in 1947 by Pandit Suhas Vashi and a group of vocalists and musicians.

The celebration at Kartavya Path will begin at 8.45 p.m. and run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on September 9, 10, and 11. According to a statement from the cultural ministry, on September 9, 10, and 11 at 8:00 pm, a unique 10-minute drone show about Bose’s life would be projected at India Gate.

After the opening, the section between Mansingh Road and Rafi Marg will be made accessible to the general public. A top MoHUA ministry official stated, “Lawns at India Gate and between C-hexagon and Mansingh Road will open on Friday once all the arrangements made for the inauguration have been dismantled.”

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