Delhiites may soon get an opportunity to take a late night walk in their favourite gardens this summer, as the New Delhi Municipal Council is mulling a plan to keep parks under its jurisdiction open till 11pm.
Talkatora Garden, Nehru Garden, and Lodhi Garden are the three parks where the NDMC is planning to bring into effect the extended park hours as a pilot project.
“Since these parks only remain open till 7pm in the summers and 6pm in the ­winters, the walkers usually go to India Gate. So, we have decided to extend the park hours till 11pm, so that those who want to spend some time with their families in the open, after dinner, can do so,” says an NDMC official.
The plan will be executed in another two months, as the civic agency is currently looking at the security angle. “We do not want to ­compromise with the ­security, especially of women, when we implement this plan. So, we are looking at a few things from the ­security point of view, such as, deploying guards in these parks after 7pm,” says the official.
The chief security officer of the NDMC has been asked to provide training to young guards who will be then deployed at these parks to ensure safety and security of the public.
The Central Park at Connaught Place has been kept out of the purview of the plan due to security ­reasons.
“The parks will not be lit up completely to take care of the birds. Thus we will have footlights or path lights, which will provide the ­walkers adequate visibility,” says the official.