Bimal Patel: Architect of Modi govt’s grand projects prepares for biggest challenge yet — Parliament House
The inauguration of the redesigned Central Vista avenue by PM Modi was a triumphant moment for Bimal Patel, with even his harshest critics acknowledging his work. Leena Misra in Ahmedabad and Nirupama Subramanian in Delhi on the man steering most of Modi govt’s pet projects, past the divided political landscape, trying for consensus.
It is mid-morning on an August day in 2021, and Bimal Patel is showing yet another small group of journalists and public intellectuals around the Central Vista Redevelopment Project. “You see these tiles?” he asks, pointing to the pavement where workers are fixing rectangular pink tiles. “Each of these has to be fixed exactly right so they form straight lines all the way from here to India Gate. Straight lines are really tough to get. But that’s the kind of workmanship I am trying to ensure,” says Patel.
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