the Central Vista Avenue – which includes Rajpath, leading from Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate – will be completed ahead of the Republic Day parade on January 26 next year, said the project’s chief architectural firm, HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt Ltd, but added that the construction of the underpasses would be completed later.
“Central Vista Avenue will be ready for the Republic Day parade. Some installations, such as amenity blocks and underground passages, will be completed later, ”HCP told indianexpress.com.
“The Defense Ministry has already started to prepare for the Republic Day parade,” he said.
Usually, rehearsals for the Republic Day parade begin weeks before January 26. The Central Department of Public Works (CPWD), the central project agency for the project, and the construction company, Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Limited, which won the contract for the redevelopment of the avenue, are quick to complete the stretch that will be used for the Parade within a tight deadline.
As to when Rajpath Avenue will be open to the general public, the HCP said it would take some time to dismantle arrangements for the Republic Day parade.
“Some portions of the avenue will need to be completed after the parade,” HCP said.
Earlier this month, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Kaushal Kishore, informed Parliament that the physical advancement of Central Vista Avenue was only 60% complete with Rs 190.76 crore spent out of the total budget of Rs 608 crore, but added that it was due be completed by this month.
The Union government also announced last year that the length of the Central Vista Axis stretching from Rashtrapati Bhawan, through the North and South Blocks, to Rajpath and to India Gate, would double by 2.9 km 6.3 km – to the riverside.
According to the post-redevelopment plan, the lawn space across the avenue is expected to increase from 350,000 square meters to approximately 3,90,000 square meters, resulting in an increase in the overall green coverage of Central Vista Avenue. . He also claims that the India Gate Plaza will be renovated with widened pedestrian sidewalks and that the walkway through the canals will be renovated to make it pedestrian-friendly.
So far, more than Rs 1,200 crore has been allocated to different phases of the Central Vista redevelopment project, the housing ministry said in a response to parliament. He also said that the physical progress of the new Parliament building, which is expected to be completed by October 2022, stands at 35% and Rs 340 crore out of Rs 971 crore has been spent so far.
In the current project estimated at around Rs 20,000 crore, currently only four projects are under construction: the construction of the new Parliament building, the redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue, the construction of three buildings of the common central secretariat and the construction of the vice-president’s residence.
According to the response, the construction target for the three common secretariat buildings is November 2023 and resource mobilization and site preparation are currently underway.
Last month, the government also formed a High-level “Central Vista Oversight Committee” to monitor and accelerate the pace of its ambitious infrastructure project. The committee will need to continuously monitor the pace of execution of Central Vista’s various projects against targeted milestones to ensure their timely completion, the ordinance noted. It will meet regularly and undertake on-site inspections for independent review. It was also asked to submit its reports and recommendations to the ministry on a regular basis.
Tentatively, the Vice-President’s Enclave and the New Parliament will be the first buildings to be completed, and work on moving the National Museum to the North and South Blocks will begin last.
A tentative CPWD completion schedule has shown that an Underground Automated Mover (APM) for Union Government employees and a central conference center will be the last two projects to be completed by September 2026 and December 2026, respectively.
According to the proposal submitted to the Ministry of the Environment last year, approximately 458,820 square meters of built-up area will need to be demolished. This includes the current IGNCA building, Shastri Bhavan, Krishi Bhavan, Vigyan Bhavan, Vice President’s Residence, National Museum, Jawahar Bhavan, Nirman Bhavan, Udyog Bhavan, Raksha Bhavan and INS Hutments. The main building of the National Archives will not be demolished, but its annex will be razed.
The gigantic project includes the new Parliament building, the Chambers of Deputies, Central Vista Avenue, 10 buildings of the Joint Central Secretariat, the Central Conference Center, additional buildings for the National Archives (other than the Heritage Building), the new IGNCA building, official security facilities and official residences of the Honorable Vice President and Prime Minister of India, the Executive Enclave with the Prime Minister’s Office, the Cabinet Secretariat, the Security Council Secretariat national museum and the relocation of the national museum to the north and south blocks.
As part of the project, a “Nav Bharat Udyan” is also planned along the western banks of Yamuna as part of the Centre’s plan to extend the Central Vista axis from the Gateway of India to the river. It was previously scheduled to be unveiled by August 15, 2022, but has been delayed without a new timeline.