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On September 8, 2022, Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi inaugurated the “Kartavya Path”, a revamped two-kilometer stretch from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan via Vijay Chowk in New Delhi (Delhi) . It was previously known as Rajpath (Kingsway), which was a ‘symbol of slavery’. Now the name Kartavya Path symbolizes ‘public ownership and empowerment’.
- Shapoorji Palloji and Limited Company executed the redevelopment of the entire section from Vijay Chowk to India Gate with an expenditure of Rs 477 crores.
It should be noted that Kartavya Path is the first of Rs 13,450 crores Central Vista Projects to complete. As part of the Central Vista projects, there will be a new Parliament building, new offices and residences for the Prime Minister and Vice President, and new ministerial buildings. The north and south blocks, the secretariat buildings flanking Rashtrapati Bhavan, will be converted into museums.
Unveiling of the statue of Netaji underhas Chandra Bose
The Prime Minister also unveiled the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose under the canopy of India Gate which during British rule had a statue of King George V. The statue is also part of the central government’s Central Vista project .
I.It is a jet black granite statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, totaling 28 feet tall and weighing 65 MT.
- It was carved from a monolithic block of granite weighing 280 MT.
ii.It was completed in 26,000 hours of work. It is entirely hand carved using traditional techniques and modern tools.
- The team of sculptors for the execution of the statue was led by Arun Yogiraj.
iii.It was installed at the same location where a hologram statue of Netaji was unveiled earlier this year on Parakram Diwas (January 23) by PM to mark the 125th anniversary of Netaji’s birth.
iv.It is one of the tallest, realistic, monolithic and handmade sculptures in India.
v.A 100 foot long truck with 140 wheels was specially designed for this monolithic granite stone to travel the 1665 km from Khammam to Telangana to New Delhi.
I.A cultural festival of 500 dancers held during the inauguration ceremony of Kartavya Path, which demonstrated the spirit of Ek Bharat – Shrestra Bharat & Unity in Diversity.
ii.Around 30 artists performed folk art forms such as Sambalpuri, Panthi, Kalbelia, Kargam and Drums.
iii.Mangalgaan written by Padma Bhushan Pt. Shrikrishna Ratanjankarji on India’s 1st Independence Day in 1947 was presented by Pt. Suhas Vashi accompanied by a team of singers and musicians.
iv.The unveiling of the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was accompanied by the tune of Kadam Kadam Badhaye jaa, the traditional song of the INA (Indian National Army).
Prime Minister addresses opening ceremony of ‘Kalam no Carnival’ book fair
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed the inauguration ceremony of the “Kalam no Carnival” book fair organized by Navbharat Sahitya Mandir in Ahmedabad, Gujarat via video message.
- “Kalam no Carnival” is a huge Hindi, English and Gujarati book convention.
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Tourism Minister Gangapuram Kishan Reddy among others.
Chief Minister– Arvind Kejriwal
Heritage & Monuments– Agrasen ki Baoli, Tomb of Humayan, Jantar Mantar
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