As Covid-19 rages, India pushes on with $3.67b Central Vista project in Delhi

The project has faced criticism since it was finalised by the government in 2019. PHOTO: AFP
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NEW DELHI - Men in yellow hard hats lay pipes in the ground as the streets around the capital's iconic India Gate are largely quiet with just a few cars whizzing by because of the strict lockdown following a devastating second wave of Covid-19 cases in India.

Red sand and black lamp posts linked by thick chains that used to line the near 3km-long boulevard called Rajpath, which runs from the India Gate to the President's House, have largely been cleared to build toilets, parking space and underpasses.

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