New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the erstwhile Rajpath as ‘Kartavya Path’ on September 8, 2022 at 7 pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said on Wednesday.
The Rajpath runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill to the National Stadium in New Delhi.
“It is a symbol of the Kartavya Path being an example of public ownership and empowerment as a symbol of power from the erstwhile Rajpath,” the PMO said.
“As we complete 75 years of Independence, it is only appropriate to drop the colonial burden and move towards India@100 in the #Amrit Kaal with our heritage. Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi said on Twitter that the renaming of ‘Rajpath’ to ‘Kartavyapath’ is a reminder that the spirit of public service is not ‘right to rule’ but ‘duty to serve’.
According to the statement, the PM will also unveil the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate on this occasion.
“These steps are in line with the prime minister’s second ‘pancha prana’ for a new India in the Amrit period: ‘remove any trace of colonial mindset’.”
“Over the years, the areas around Rajpath and Central Vista Avenue have been witnessing increased visitor traffic pressure, with emphasis on its infrastructure,” the PMO said. Sufficient parking space.
In addition, there was inadequate signage, poor maintenance of water features and haphazard parking. Also, a need was felt to organize the Republic Day Parade and other national events in a less disruptive manner, with minimal restrictions on public movement.
“The redevelopment has been done keeping these concerns in mind, while also ensuring the integrity and continuity of the architectural character,” the PMO said.
Kartavya Path will feature beautiful landscapes, lawns with walkways, additional green spaces, refurbished canals, new facility blocks, improved signage and vending kiosks.
In addition, new pedestrian underpasses, improved parking spaces, new exhibition panels and upgraded night lighting are some of the other features that will enhance the public experience, the PMO said.
It also includes several sustainability features such as solid waste management, stormwater management, recycling of used water, rainwater harvesting, water conservation and energy efficient lighting.
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue is being installed at the same place where the hologram statue of Netaji was unveiled by the Prime Minister on Parakram Divas (January 23) earlier this year.
The PMO said that this granite statue is a fitting tribute to Netaji’s immense contribution in our freedom struggle, and will be a symbol of the nation’s indebtedness to him.
Designed by Arun Yogiraj, who was the chief sculptor, the 28 feet tall statue is carved out of a monolithic granite stone and weighs 65 metric tons.