At the unveiling of the renovated Central Vista on Thursday, Prime minister Narendra Modi said that Rajpath was a symbol of British Rule. By renaming it Kartavya Path, he hoped that the renovated Central Vista Avenue would serve as an inspiration for generations to come.
“Today a new history has been created in the form of a path of duty. I congratulate all the citizens for their freedom from yet another identity of slavery,” PM Modi said. “Today the spirit of Rajpath has been changed. Rajpath was the symbol of British rule. Now it is Kartavya Path. It will remind every person and officer to work for the growth of our country,” he opined.
Emphasising that the Kartavya Path (path of duty) is not just a path of bricks and stones, PM Modi said, “When people come here, when they see the statue of Netaji (Subhas Chandra Bose) and the National War Memorial, it will serve them as a great inspiration. It will still be a sense of duty.”
On Central Vista Avenue, PM Modi also unveiled a 28-foot-tall statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.”During the period of British Rule, there was a statue of the representative of the British Raj. Today, we have a huge statue of our national leader, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose,” he said during the unveiling ceremony.
“Netaji was proud of India’s heritage and also wanted to modernise India as soon as possible. If, after independence, our India had followed the path of Subhash Babu, we would have reached new heights today. But unfortunately, this great hero of ours was forgotten after independence. His ideas, even the symbols associated with him, were ignored,” PM Modi said.
“In the last eight years, we have taken many such decisions on which the ideals and dreams of Netaji are imprinted. I personally experienced this feeling when I had the privilege of hoisting the tricolour at the Red Fort on the occasion of 75 years of the Azad Hind government. With the efforts of our own government, a museum related to Netaji and Azad Hind Fauj has also been built in the Red Fort,” he added.
In his inimitable style, PM Modi also expressed special gratitude to those workers who turned the new Central Vista Avenue and reconstructed lawns of the India Gate into a reality. PM Modi invited all the workers, and their families, who worked to renovate Central Vista Avenue to be his special guests during the January 26 Republic Day parade.
Central Vista Avenue has been redeveloped with red granite walkways spreading around 1 lakh square metres. The revamped avenue has lawns on either side of Kartavya Path, stretching around 101 acres. The walkways have over 133 light poles along the Kartavya Path. The whole avenue has 4,087 trees, 114 modern signages and stepped gardens.