PM expresses gratitude to workers who built Kartavya Path
Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi unveiled Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s statue and inaugurated ‘Kartavya Path’ at India Gate, New Delhi, yesterday.
Interacting with the shramjeevis involved in its construction, the Prime Minister highlighted their efforts and contribution to the nation. Expressing his gratitude for the workers, the Prime Minister said “Kartavya Path is not just a path of bricks and stones. It is the living path of India’s democratic past and all-time ideals.”
The Central Public Works Department, the agency entrusted with the rejuvenation and redevelopment of Kartavya Path, executed the challenging work within a very tight timeline. The work of Kartavya Path started in March 2021 and its first phase was completed in time for the Republic Day Parade on 26th January 2022. The sanctioned cost of the project is ₹ 608 Crore and expenditure to date is ₹ 522 Crore with Phase-I being completed.
The total length of granite walkways is 16.5 Km. With 300 CCTV cameras, 422 sitting stone benches, a number of twin stone dustbins, nearly 165 Km under-ground conduit for services and with a 10 km long under-ground storm water drains, the central pathway has been completely refurbished, strengthened and the landscape restored.
It may be noted that the Kartavya Path has been made more pedestrian friendly and easier for the traffic to navigate through. A total of four pedestrian underpasses 8 m wide each – two each at Janpath and C-Hexagon junctions – have been provided keeping pedestrian safety in mind. Eight underground public amenity blocks and six vending plazas have been thoughtfully located and designed, keeping existing trees in mind, to make them comfortable for civic users and tourists. Parking has been designed to accommodate up to 580 cars and 35 buses in Phase I.
The footpath on the edges of Kartavya Path, which used to be of Bajri / Murram earlier, has been replaced by granite walkways. The previously inaccessible areas beyond the canal have been made accessible through the introduction of walkways and sixteen permanent bridges.
In addition, the Kartavya Path lawns have been refurbished and most of the original Jamun trees have been retained and more trees have been added through a planned strategy of the plantation. The total area of grass lawns redeveloped is around 90 acres.
In accordance with the architectural character of the avenue, historic chain links and 79 light poles along the Kartavya Path have been preserved and restored and 58 new poles have been added. Also, painted concrete bollards have been replaced with sandstone bollards to achieve coherence with the landscape.
It may be noted that CPWD has also refurbished the canals to stop seepage and additionally, 60 aerators and 28 filtration tanks have been added to ensure that the canals have clean water.
During the event, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri G Kishan Reddy, Hon’ble Union Minister of Culture, Shri Kaushal Kishore, Hon’ble MoS of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon’ble MoS of Culture, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi, Hon’ble MoS of Culture, Shri Manoj Joshi, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Govind Mohan, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Shailendra Sharma, Director General, CPWD, various distinguished dignitaries and a large number of officers and staff of CPWD, MoHUA and Ministry of Culture were present.