India Gate Current Affairs - 2020
On May 2, 2020, the Expert Appraisal Committee cleared the proposal to new Parliament at Rs 922 crores. The Central Vista committee has also approved the new plan.
Support from other Government Entities
The case on minimized tree cutting and its related environmental concerns is still pending before the Supreme court. However, the apex court had refused to stay the Central Vista Redevelopment project recently.
The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), amidst COVID-19 crisis is supporting the project. According to CPWD, the Parliament was constructed 93 years ago and building a new building is of utmost importance.
Central Vista Redevelopment Project
The project aims to build a triangular parliament building. It will revamp the 3-km long Raj Path from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate.
What is Central Vista?
The Central Vista of New Delhi houses Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, North and South Block and National Archives. The Parliament House was designed by Lutyens and Baker. The Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens and the secretariat that includes both north and south block was designed by Herbert Baker.
Many historians are concerned that the project will demolish historical buildings.
The plan is to be completed by 2022. The new buildings will have underground parking system. Also, the new building will have metro connectivity and separate metro stations.
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On February 25, 2020, the first anniversary of National War Memorial was commemorated. The CDS Bipin Rawat paid tribute to the memorial and so did several other leaders of the country.
The Memorial was inaugurated by PM Modi on February 25, 2019.
The memorial was dedicated by the Prime Minster to honour the fallen heroes of wars. Today, more than 5,000 people visit the monument everyday. The monument was built in 40 acres of land at India Gate, New Delhi. The monument honours more than 26,000 soldiers.
The Monument holds “Veerta Chakra” that depicts 6 important battles of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. It also holds 14 lakh litre water storage tank for rainwater harvesting.
India Gate is also a war memorial. It was built in 1931 to commemorate the Martyrs of India who died in World War I. It bears names of more than 13,516 soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the war.