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Central Vista Redevelopment Project

  • 23 Apr 2020
  • 2 min read

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Recently, many former bureaucrats have opposed the Central Vista redevelopment project.

Key Points

  • The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs proposed a Central Vista redevelopment project in 2019.
  • The project envisages
    • Constructing a triangular Parliament building next to the existing one.
    • Constructing Common Central Secretariat.
    • Revamping of the 3-km-long Rajpath — from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.
      • North and South Block to be repurposed as museums.
  • The government’s argument for revamping Central Vista:
    • The Parliament building’s facilities and infrastructure are inadequate to meet the current demand.
    • The offices of the Central Government are spread over different locations which affects inter-departmental coordination, and unnecessary travel leading to congestion and pollution.
    • Most of the existing buildings have outlived their structural lives.

Central Vista

  • Currently, the Central Vista of New Delhi houses Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, North and South Block, India Gate, National Archives among others.
  • In December, 1911, King George V made an announcement in Delhi Durbar (a grand assembly) to shift the capital of India from Calcutta to Delhi.
    • Delhi Durbar was hosted to mark the coronation of King George V.
  • The task of constructing a new city was given to Edwin Lutyens, known for his strong adherence to European Classicism and Herbert Baker, a prominent architect in South Africa.
    • Herbert Baker is also the architect of the Union buildings at Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Parliament House building was designed by both Lutyens and Baker.
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens.
  • The Secretariat which includes both north and south block was designed by Herbert Baker.

Source: TH

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