Today at 7 p.m., Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a special event to unveil Delhi’s Central Vista’s new appearance. In December 2020, work on a massive makeover of India’s power corridor, which now has a new Parliament building, a shared central secretariat, and a three-kilometer-long landmark Kartavya Path from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the India Gate, began.

But there have been many ups and downs throughout the renovation process. The project has experienced everything, from Supreme Court halt orders to opposition resistance.

By December 2022, the enormous Central Vista project will have finished building the prime minister’s home. A government-appointed expert panel was informed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), and it approved the proposal.

The project’s developer, the CPWD, notified the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) that the prime minister’s mansion would be built by December 2022 and that the Parliament building would be expanded, and a new Parliament building would be built by November 2022. The enlargement and renovation of the current Parliament building, which is a part of the Rs. 13,450 crore Central Vista Redevelopment Project, have already received approval from the Ministry of Environment.

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry reported to the Lok Sabha that the Central Vista Avenue redevelopment, which has a deadline of December 2021 and runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, has made 60% of its physical progress.

The new official residences of the Indian vice president and prime minister are planned to be built on a parcel of land as part of the expansive Central Vista project in Delhi, and a petition challenging the change in land use of the plot was dismissed by the Supreme Court.

According to Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, the new Parliament building, which is being built as part of the Central Vista project, will be ready for the 2022 Winter session. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the new office complexes replacing the outdated hutments surrounding the north and south blocks, nearly 7,000 defense ministry employees relocated to new locations. The new locations are on Africa Avenue and Kasturba Gandhi Marg. The offices need to be transferred as part of the improvements needed for the Central Vista project.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was urged to halt the development of Central Vista in New Delhi in a letter from twelve opposition party leaders. The authorities proposed using the money allotted for the project to improve the health system, which has been severely strained as a result of the nation’s deteriorating Covid-19 crisis. The Central Vista project’s administration was ordered by the Supreme Court to stop all building work.

The Supreme Court issued a warning to the government instructing it to postpone any construction on the Central Vista project until it makes a decision on the ten petitions that are being filed to oppose the mammoth redevelopment plan. The government’s press statement announcing the start of construction and the relocation of trees particularly infuriated the top court.

The hologram statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, which PM Modi unveiled earlier this year on Parakram Diwas (Netaji’s birthday), is also being replaced by a physical statue in the same location. The granite statue, which honors Netaji’s enormous contribution to India’s liberation struggle, is an appropriate memorial.

The solid granite stone used to sculpt the 28-foot-tall edifice weighs around 65 metric tonnes. The renovation was carried out to address the traffic issues on and around Rajpath and the surrounding neighborhoods of Central Vista Avenue, which have been battling rising visitor traffic. The new power corridor will be equipped with conveniences like drinking water, street furniture, public restrooms, and enough parking.

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