PM Modi inaugurates revamped avenue in New Delhi

A historical district in the heart of India's capital is getting a major makeover.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a revamped avenue in central New Delhi, used for ceremonial military parades.

The boulevard is part of a redevelopment plan for a district that was built under British rule in the 1920s.

The plan includes the construction of a new parliament house and consolidation of federal ministries in the area.

The project has drawn objections from conservationists. But Modi is calling it a chance to replace symbols of colonialism with ones that match the country's modern aspirations.

The government plans to complete the redevelopment project by 2024.