With the ongoing work in New Delhi under the Central Vista redevelopment project, the Rajpath stretch underwent drastic changes. According to an IE report, trenches dug on the road sides as well as red road blockers have replaced lamp posts and the iconic chain link fence.
Also, the road leading up to the Rashtrapati Bhavan is fenced with yellow boards that read ‘Development/ Redevelopment of Central Vista Avenue’, set up by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD). According to the officials of HCP Design, Planning and Management, the project’s architectural consultant, the area’s original design elements will be kept intact to a large extent after completing the work.
According to CPWD officials, despite fewer workers showing up in the past few days, they are trying to meet the initial deadlines. With Covid-induced lockdown, workers said they have been issued e-passes and since the lockdown, they are being paid daily wages.
A contractual worker with MTNL, Sanjay was quoted in the report saying that he has been coming daily to make some savings in case the workers are barred in the near future from working. They travel to work as well as back home in a rented two-wheeler.