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Rajpath all set to be renamed Kartavya Path

Called Kingsway during British Rule, Rajpath is the showpiece stretch for the Republic Day parade on January 26 every year.

central vistaThe Central Vista revamp project aims to refurbish, strengthen and restore the Central Vista landscape, according to the Centre. (Photo Source: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs)

The iconic Rajpath from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate is all set to be renamed as Kartavya Path (Path of Duty) with the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) scheduled to meet on Wednesday to discuss the proposed change.

“We are convening a special meeting on September 7 to discuss and rename the Central Vista and Rajpath stretch as Kartavya Path. The proposal is yet to come but the meeting has been called. All members and officials concerned will participate in the meeting,” said NDMC Vice Chairperson and BJP leader Satish Upadhyay.

Sources said the proposal is being prepared by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

The revamped Central Vista Avenue is expected to be opened later this week. It is part of the larger Central Vista project, where a new triangular Parliament Building, along with the Central Secretariat and several other Government offices are being rebuilt.

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Called Kingsway during British Rule, Rajpath is the showpiece stretch for the Republic Day parade on January 26 every year.

Since the BJP came to power at the Centre, Race Course Road, where the Prime Minister’s residence is located, has been renamed as Lok Kalyan Marg and Aurangzeb Road as Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Road. The name of Teen Murti Chowk was changed to Teen Murti Haifa Chowk, after the Israeli city, when the then Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited India in 2018.

The theme of duty has been a refrain in several of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches. In his Independence Day address to the nation this year, he had spoken about the duty of citizens towards the nation.

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Announcing the “panch pran” (five resolves) for the next 25 years, he had said, “The fifth pran is the duty of the citizens, in which even the Prime Minister, Chief Minister cannot be an exclusion as they are also responsible citizens and have a duty towards the nation… Every country that has achieved something, a few things have emerged. One is a disciplined life, and the other is devotion to duty… If everyone performs the duties of a citizen, I am sure that we can achieve the desired goals ahead of time.”

First published on: 05-09-2022 at 10:38:28 pm
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