New Delhi: After much anticipation, the grand Central Vista opened for public on September 9, 2022 and welcomed a huge footfall on the first day itself. Delhiites and tourists made their way to the India Gate and Kartavya Path to spend their evening. People took walks on the revamped red granite walkways on the Kartavya Path and took pictures alongside India Gate.
Even after the beautification of India Gate and newly renamed Raj Path, it is safe to say that the place has not lost its spirit. People were again seen taking walks on the new lush green lawns, with selfie sticks in their hands to take pictures. As a Marathi cultural society was prepping for their Dhol Tasha performance, a young football team from Kerala posed in front of the majestic India Gate for a picture.
One of the biggest features of the revamped Central Vista is the newly built underpass. No one has to cross the busy road on India Gate's round about now to go from Kartavya Path to India Gate and vice versa. People can now use the underpass, which also acts as a small gallery, taking you on the journey of the making of the Central Vista.
The small businesses which thrived around the India Gate are also back at it now. From ice cream vendors, small street food vendors to photographers, the business there was as usual as it used to be.
The Kartavya Path and the area around India Gate have also become more friendly and picturesque to take walks and hand out. At the beginning of the Kartavya Path, one can sit on the benches alongside the new artificial ponds to enjoy the sunset as the water sparkles at the golden hour. Another big feature of Central Vista is the new 28 feet tall Black Granite statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
Looking at the revamped stretch from Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate in all its glory and true spirit once again, it felt as if the people have welcomed the new changes and in return, the place is also a gracious host.