The Centre will rename New Delhi's historic Rajpath and Central Vista lawns as 'Kartavya Path', news agency ANI reported on Monday citing sources.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the entire stretch of Central Vista redevelopment projetct on September 8. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has convened a special meeting on September 7 and the proposal is expected to be placed before it. "The entire road and area from the Netaji statue at India Gate to the Rashtrapati Bhavan will be known as Kartavyapath," PTI quoted.
During British Rule Rajpath was known as Kingsway. In his Independence Day speech Modi had stressed the abolition of symbols that reflect the colonial mindset.
The prime minister also laid stress on the importance of everyone fulfilling their duties in the 25 years leading to 2047 when India will be celebrating 100 years of Independence. Both these factors can be seen behind the name 'Kartavya Path', sources said, adding "this is also a message to the ruling class that the era of rulers and subjects is over".
The stretch will be opened for the general public after 20 months. Visitors will not be allowed on the stretch from the India Gate to Man Singh Road on during the inauguration, but they can use the remaining part. From September 9, the entire stretch will be opened to the public.
The PTI report mentioned that as per a senior official, there would be two blocks near the India Gate and each block has eight shops. The report added that some states have shown their interest to set up their food stalls.
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