The redeveloped Central Vista Avenue including Rajpath is ready to welcome tourists. State wise food stalls, red granite paved walkways with greenery all around, vending zones, parking lots and round the clock security will be seen here, but one thing people will miss is that from India Gate to Man Singh Road. Food will not be allowed in the park.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the entire stretch from Vijay Chowk to India Gate as part of his government’s ambitious Central Vista redevelopment project on the evening of September 8, officials of the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said. This section will open to the public after 20 months. Tourists will not be allowed to go from India Gate to Man Singh Road on the day of the inauguration, but they can use the remaining part. The entire section will be opened to the general public from September 9.
Many facilities will be available under the Central Vista Redevelopment Project
CPWD, an executive agency of the project, has set up five sales zones, where 40 vendors will be allowed in each sales zone. As per the plan, they will not be allowed to sell their belongings to the visitors in the park area. While India Gate will have two blocks and each block will have eight shops, some states have shown interest in setting up their own dish stalls, a senior official said.
Ice cream carts will only be allowed for sale
The official said, “Ice cream vehicles will be allowed only in the sales area. Though we have not taken any decision, but we will ensure that these ice cream trolleys are not allowed on the roads.” A large number of deployments will be ensured. He said that 19 acres of the total canal area has been renovated. They have been equipped with ‘aerator’-like structures.
These facilities will be available in the park
- More than 1,000 white and red sandstone boulders give the redeveloped site its historic look and feel.
- 300 CCTV cameras have been installed in the entire area.
- As before, boating will be allowed in two canals – one near Krishi Bhawan and the other around Vanjya Bhawan.
- The area spread over 3.90 lakh square meters along the Rajpath has been developed with greenery all around.
- More than 15.5 km of new red granite walkways have been built, replacing the gravel sand that previously lay on the ground.
- Parking space has been created for 1,125 vehicles in the entire section. Parking space for 35 buses has been made near India Gate.
- 74 historic light poles and all chain links have been restored and over 900 new light poles installed.