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Contest to design the icon of Central Vista in the Yamuna banks

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New Delhi: The Central Department of Public Works (CPWD) announced on Thursday a design competition to build an “iconic structure” on the bank of the Yamuna River as part of the Central Vista redevelopment project to mark 75 years of independence.

The structure would be part of the New India Gardens or Nav Bharat Udyan that is proposed to be built on 20.22 acres on the western bank of the Yamuna. It is expected to be released to the public before August 15, 2022.

A CPWD proposal dated November 12 said that the structure thus constructed should “realize the grand vision of Aatmanirbhar Bharat, symbolizing the emerging new India with equitable growth opportunities, rooted in the values ​​of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vishwaas and representing the aspiration of a clean India “. free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism and castes ”.

“The structure will be part of a complex that will also have facilities for entertainment and to display” the rich historical and cultural heritage of India, “the proposal said.

To be sure, the master plan presented by Ahmedabad-based HCP Design, Planning and Management Pvt Ltd, the architecture firm tasked with developing Central Vista, included the construction of New India Gardens near the river. Yamuna, although the firm will not participate in its construction.

HCP has been tasked with remodeling Central Vista Avenue, which includes the construction of a new Parliament complex, also by August 15, 2022.

According to CPWD’s proposal, the new structure should arise on the central axis, which runs from Rashtrapati Bhawan, through the North and South Blocks, over Rajpath and up to the India Gate, thus extending the axis of 2.9 km to 6.3 km.

“Under the Master Plan, the Central Vista Axis will extend from the current 2.9 km to 6.3 km from crest to river. On the east side, it will culminate on the western bank of the Yamuna River. This will restore the original design envisioned for Central Vista, ”the proposal said.

The Nav Bharat Udyan will be open to the public and will also feature facilities such as the “Sphere of Unity”, the “Milestones Walkway”, the “Journey of India”, the “Tech Dome”, the “Amphitheater”, all of which They are intended to showcase the heritage and scientific advancement of India and “to symbolize the unity in diversity and aspirations of New India.”

CPWD’s proposal mandated that only that material and technology be used to build the structure that would endure as “the Ashoka edicts, the iron pillar at the Qutub Minar complex, etc.”

According to the rules of the design contest, any Indian citizen or organization can participate. It will include architects, architecture studios, students, student groups, architecture or planning schools / colleges and other institutions across India, or any combination of the above.

All submissions must be made by December 11, while winners will be announced in the last week of December 2020.

“The structure must have an iconic design and represent the national capital. For example, today, the British-erected India Gate at Central View in the early 20th century prominently signifies Delhi. The proposed iconic structure being built in independent India should now become a new symbol of the national capital, ”said CPWD’s proposal.

The structure can be a tower or sculpture or any other form besides a building that can be occupied, according to the rules.

The maximum height allowed at the proposed site according to the color-coded zonal map prepared by the Airports Authority of India is 134 meters from current ground level.

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