Replicas of 21 iconic landmarks made from scrap metal and trucks
Following the success of the Waste to Wonder Park in Sarai Kale Khan, home to replicas of the Wonders of the World made from reclaimed materials, the nation’s capital has another green wonder to enjoy.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has developed a new park, named Bharat Darshan, in the Punjabi Bagh region of West Delhi, which has replicas of 21 famous structures from across the country. The park was inaugurated on Saturday by the Union Minister of the Interior, Amit Shah.
Commending the civic body’s efforts, Shah said the park was the perfect example of “Kachre Se Kanchan”. The Union Minister also searched Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. “I mean to Arvind Kejriwal. Please cut your advertising budget and donate money to civic organizations so they can do a better job.
South MCD developed the Punjabi Bagh Park on an area of 8.5 acres. A total of 22 structures – a banyan tree and replicas of 21 historical and religious places – have been erected in the park.
These include Qutab Minar, Taj Mahal, Charminar, Gateway to India, Konark Temple, Nalanda Ruins, Mysore Palace, Meenakshi Temple, Hampi, Victoria Memorial Hall, Sanchi Stupa, Gol Gumbaz, Ajanta and Ellora Caves and Hawa Mahal. Nearly 200 artists worked day and night for 22 months to complete the park.
“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and its cascading effect, the park has been developed in 22 months. Almost 350 tons of scrap metal were used to build replicas of the monuments. We used utility poles, old cars, truck parts, pipes and other rubbish to make this possible, ”said Gyanesh Bharti, commissioner of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
The park was equipped with 755 facade lights, 51 CCTV cameras, three LED screens, 600 light bollards, 102 compound lights and a DJ set for music. Electricity needs are covered by solar panels, and a sewage treatment plant with a capacity of 1 lakh liter has been set up for irrigation.
“For adults, the ticket price is Rs 100 during the day and Rs 150 at night, while ticket prices for children under 12 are Rs 50 and Rs 75. The park will be closed Monday, “said a senior from South MCD. an official told News18.
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