TOI had on July 14 first reported about the “New India Garden”, which will be developed close to the Millennium Bus Depot. “This is part of the Central Vista Redevelopment Pproject. The iconic structure will be on the same alignment of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate. This will be like virtually doubling the length of the Central Vista from 2.9 km to 6.3 km. No structure will be touched between India Gate and the proposed park. Hence, this stretch won’t have the similar features or look like that of the Rajpath,” said a senior official of the housing and urban affairs ministry.
He said the existing road network between India Gate and the proposed park will be improved to make it a user-friendly. “There cannot be a physical extension of Central Vista with similar character. We have National Stadium and Purana Qila on this stretch. These cannot be touched,” the official said.
CPWD said the design can be subitted by individuals, students, a group of persons, architects and firms. It said the park will have the iconic structure and infotainment facilities such as Sphere of Unity, Milestones Walkway, Journey of India, Tech Dome, amphi-theatre to showcase India’s rich historical and cultural heritage, scientific achievements, and will symbolise unity in diversity and aspirations of the New India.
The maximum permissible height of the structure will be 134 metres from the present ground level.
CPWD has kept Rs 5 lakh as the prize for the winning entry while five commendation prizes of Rs 1 lakh each will also be given.