Rajpath, officially named Kartavya Path, and formerly known as Kingsway, is a ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi, India, that runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill through Vijay Chowk and India Gate, National War Memorial to National Stadium, Delhi.
- After 20 months of redevelopment, Kartavya Path, which was known as Rajpath till earlier this week, reopened to the public on Friday with a cultural festival.
- The new look of the 2-km stretch from the India Gate to the Rashtrapati Bhawan was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Mr. Modi also unveiled the statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at the canopy in India Gate.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the newly-christened Kartavya Path – a stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan To India Gate that has red granite walkways with greenery all around, refurbished canals, state-wise food stalls, new amenity blocks and vending kiosks.
- PM Modi also unveiled a 28-ft statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate, which has been installed in the historic canopy facing the monument.
- Apart from 400 benches and 600 new signages, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), an executing agency of the project, has placed 150 dust bins on the entire stretch.
- The new ‘Kartavya Path’ stretch will exhibit beautified landscapes, lawns with walkways, added green spaces, refurbished canals, new amenity blocks, improved signages and vending kiosks.
- There are 16 bridges on the entire stretch. Boating will be allowed in two canals — one near the Krishi Bhawan and another around the Vanijya Bhawan.
- Concrete bollards have been replaced with white and red sandstone bollards.
- Stepped plazas have also been created at the India Gate precinct.
- Officials said eight amenity blocks with toilets, vending kiosks and drinking water fountains have been created at eight distinct locations along the Rajpath, adding that a total of 64 toilets for women, 32 for men and 10 accessible toilets have been added.