Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the revamped Rajpath and Central Vista lawns on Thursday evening. TOI on Sunday had first reported the government’s plan to rename the stretch on the lines of “Amrit Kaal”, which has a major thrust on the duty of citizens.
The entire road and area from the Netaji statue to the Rashtrapati Bhavan will be known as Kartavya Path. Sources said this is also a message to the ruling class that the era of rulers and subjects is over.
Earlier, the name of the road on which PM’s residence is located was also changed from Race Course Road to Lok Kalyan Marg.
Modi in his last August 15 speech had stressed on the abolition of symbols relating to colonial mindset. In the run up to 2047, he also stressed upon the importance of duties. Both these factors can be seen behind the naming of ‘Kartavya Path’, sources said.
The Central Vista Avenue comprises the Rajpath and the India Gate lawns, as per the Central government’s dedicated website on the Central Vista. The sources also said that there was “no question” of changing the name of Rajpath, which was known as King’s Way before Independence.
Sources said there is no official name such as ‘Central Vista Avenue’ in government records, but it was conceptualised as a project as part of the Central Vista redevelopment plan. The government submitted records of the CVA in the Supreme Court in 2020 and the Delhi Urban Art Commission, in its records, referred to the area as CVA in 2021.