Delhi residents can expect Central Vista-themed features on major avenues connected to Kartavya Path and the India Gate C hexagon, according to officials familiar with the plans.
The New Delhi City Council, which oversees the New Delhi district, is expected to beautify eight sections in the general vicinity of the intersection: Tilak Marg, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Pandara Road, Tolstoy Marg, Hailey Road, Tansen Marg and Babar Road.
The revamped Central Vista Avenue, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evening, now features heritage-style lampposts, pedestrian underpasses, walkways, toilet blocks and street furniture. The walkways now use lakha red granite sourced from Jalore in Rajasthan, the underpasses use brown granite from Bengaluru, the equipment blocks use black granite and the bollards are white sandstone sourced from Bharatpur.
NDMC Vice Chairman Satish Upadhyay said the council would take inspiration from the architectural features of the Central Vista project while revamping other thoroughfares.
“Coming to visit Central Vista or traveling around it, people won’t feel like they’ve arrived in a different area. We will extend the same feeling to all the link roads in the coming months so that they support and enhance the beauty of the central section,” said Upadhyay.
Council member Kuljeet Chahal said these stretches will also host new sculptures and amenities, all based on the themes used for the redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue.
An NDMC official said that under the first phase, a budget of ₹7 crores was spent for road rejuvenation around Central Vista. “We will create facilities such as happy zones, install sculptures at roundabouts, redesign paths, install new railings, traffic signs and LED information panels, essentially turning them into smart roads. The color schemes will be similar to the Central Vista,” the official said, asking not to be named.
The official added that eventually all road sections around the view will also be rehabilitated and reinforced, the official added.
The renovated Central Vista hosts 974 lampposts with elegantly designed poles and 1,000 white sandstone bollards to maintain the historic character of the compound. About 16.5 kilometers of pedestrian walkways have been added along Kartavya Road through the lawns and canals and the India Gate compound.
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has also added eight blocks of amenities with toilets, vending kiosks and drinking fountains. “A total of 64 women’s toilets and 32 men’s toilets have been added, and seven vending places have been reserved across the avenue,” said an official associated with the project.
The avenue has 422 red sandstone benches and 162 red sandstone bins. A total of 1,892 white sandstone bollards have been installed around the Kartavya Road area and at the sales plazas to maintain aesthetic harmony.