New Delhi to build gigantic park in heart of the city

480 hectare park will dwarf New York’s Central Park

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An ambitious heritage restoration project has been planned in New Delhi, which will dwarf New York’s Central Park and is predicted to alter the cultural map of the city.

The Aga Khan Trust is funding the creation of the park, which will be stitched out of adjoining gardens, heritage areas and a zoo.

The maintenance and administration of these entities are currently undertaken by a number of local and national government agencies. The Trust plans to bring these bodies together into a single entity.

Ratish Nanda, an architect and the project manager for the challenging plan, said that he was highly optimistic and hopeful of the park’s success with both locals and international visitors.

“It would be the place where the city descends. It would be an oasis”, he was quoted as saying by various media outlets.

The park is planned at 480 hectares (1,200 acres), considerably larger than Central Park, and is expected to have 100,000 trees, of more than 300 species.

Popular monuments like Sunder Nursery, Humayun’s Tomb, Purana Qila, Millenium Park and zoos will fall under the park’s planned blueprint.

As has been the situation with large Indian undertakings of late, a major source of concern remains the government’s role in the program. With the mass opinion alleging the country’s politicians as being corrupt and bureaucratic, doubts have been expressed as to whether the restoration will receive the required ministerial support.

When contacted by Big Project ME, Mr Nanda refused offer further comment, but admitted that he would in all likelihood, meet with various high-ranking government officials, including the Prime Minister of India, in regard to the park.


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