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The Central Vista Redevelopment Project Transformation in Progress


Dec 03 | 6 p.m.

Runs till: Dec 03


Bangalore International Centre

Bangalore International Centre (BIC), No. 7, 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

The Lead Architect Dr. Bimal Patel will make a presentation on the proposed transformation of the Central Vista followed by a Q&A.

The Central Vista in New Delhi was designed in the early twentieth century by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker to be a magnificent icon of imperial governance in India. Post-independence, the Central Vista was appropriated as seat of the Indian Government and its buildings were adapted and repurposed. Over the next seventy years many buildings have been built to house the increasing spatial needs of government offices and institutions. However, lacking an overarching vision, these buildings seem ad hoc with unstructured layouts on underutilized plots. The Central Vista landscape and the heritage buildings, although majestic, lack modern facilities and sufficient space and are unable to serve their present function effectively. The government has resolved to comprehensively address this situation.

The plan for comprehensively improving and augmenting the Central Vista aims to strengthen governance infrastructure by building new facilities for India’s Parliament, an efficient and sustainable Central Secretariat to house all the Ministries of the Government of India, well-equipped executive offices, and adequate residences for the Vice President and the Prime Minister. Cultural institutions on the Central Vista will be strengthened by the creation of new facilities for the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, and a National Museum in the North and South Blocks that showcases the rich and vast cultural history of India. Public spaces will be expanded, refurbished, and provided with adequate amenities and infrastructure to make them more comfortable for use. The grade-I heritage buildings, namely the Parliament House, North and South Blocks, and the National Archives of India will be restored as per Heritage Conservation Standards. The Central Vista Redevelopment project will create new facilities for governance and cultural institutions, render the public spaces easier to use and maintain, restore, and strengthen the Vista’s heritage, and project India’s commitment to progress.

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