Rajpath, a well-known historic road stretch from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate will now soon be called Kartavya Path (Path of Duty).
As per the official sources, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has scheduled a special meeting on September 7 to discuss the proposed change of renaming the Central Vista and Rajpath stretch as Kartavya Path. The meeting will be conducted in the presence of all concerned official members.
Govt Set to Rename Rajpath and Central Vista Lawns as Kartavya Path
The proposal is yet to be finalised but the proposal for the same has been initiated and it is being prepared by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs of the Indian Government. Rajpath was called Kingsway during British Rule and later on, its name was changed to Rajpath. It is quite famous as it is the venue of the Republic Day parade on January 26 every year.
The revamped Central Vista Avenue is expected to be opened soon this week. It is part of the larger Central Vista project which includes the nation’s power corridor, a new triangular Parliament building, a common central secretariat, revamping the three-km Rajpath, a new prime minister’s residence and office, a new vice-president’s enclave and several other Government offices are also being rebuilt.
As the BJP government has already changed many old names and symbols like the Race Course Road has been renamed as Lok Kalyan Marg and Aurangzeb Road as Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Road, Teen Murti Chowk has been changed to Teen Murti Haifa Chowk and lately Government has replaced Saint George Cross from the Indian Navy emblem with the depiction of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Rajmudra to shred the colonial mindset and now with the same motive to do away with a colonial legacy, the government is all set to change the name of Rajpath to Kartavya Path.
As this name Rajpath which literally means Kingsway, was given in honour of the Emperor of India, George V, who had visited Delhi in 1911 when the city was formally recognized as the capital of British India by Britishers.
PM Narendra Singh Modi in his independence day speech earlier talked about the abolition of symbols relating to the British legacy and to follow the same, the actions are being which also includes the renaming of Rajpath to ‘Kartavya Path’.