CENTRAL VISTA PROJECT
In 2019, the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs proposed a renovation proposal for Central Vista.
- The plan calls for the construction of a triangular Parliament building adjacent to the current one.
- Creating a Central Secretariat for the Common Good.
- The 3-kilometer-long Rajpath between Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate is being remodeled.
- The North and South Blocks will be turned into museums.
The government’s case for redeveloping Central Vista is as follows:
- The amenities and infrastructure of the Parliament building are insufficient to satisfy current demand.
- The Central Government’s offices are dispersed around the country, causing inter-departmental coordination issues and unnecessary travel, which contributes to congestion and pollution.
- The majority of the existing structures have reached the end of their useful lives.
About the Lutyens Zone:
- In December 1911, King George V announced in the Delhi Durbar (grand assembly) that India’s capital will be relocated from Calcutta to Delhi.
- The Delhi Durbar was held to commemorate King George V’s coronation.
- Edwin Lutyens, noted for his strong dedication to European Classicism, and Herbert Baker, a prominent architect in South Africa, were tasked with designing a new city.
- The Union buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, were also designed by Herbert Baker.
- Lutyens and Baker collaborated on the design of Parliament House.
- Edwin Lutyens designed Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- Herbert Baker designed the Secretariat, which contains both the north and south blocks.
Source: THE HINDU.