From dumpyards to parks: Civic bodies beautify open spaces below flyovers
Taking cue from the ‘under flyover garden’ in Mumbai’s Matunga, Delhi’s civic authorities have started developing similar spaces in the Capital too.
A flyover facing Munirka village and another at August Kranti Road, Andrews Ganj, have been spruced up and developed into parks.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation took eight days to clear the rubble and clean the area under the Andrews Ganj flyover and transform it into a well-lit space with sculptures depicting yoga postures.
“The place named ‘Yoga Mudra Sthal’ has been inspired from the Matunga park. We have installed colourful lights to illuminate the sculptures at night,” said Puneet Goel, SDMC commissioner.
The municipal agency removed unauthorised parking under the Munirka flyover and debris in two-and-a-half months after which the public works departments developed the place into a park.
It has jogging tracks for morning walkers and doors and fences for safety.
In east Delhi, spaces under flyovers have become vending spots, debris dumping sites or a haven for antisocials and the agencies are working to beautify them.
On Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s direction, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation has drawn a detailed action plan to remove encroachments and clean these spaces in the next month.
The civic agency has joined hands with the PWD for plantation, fences, benches and other facilities.
“Though the maintenance of these flyovers is the PWD’s responsibility, we have been issued directions by the L-G to carry an intensive drive for cleaning and repairing,” said senior official from EDMC.
In east Delhi, there are 19 flyovers and all of them belong to the PWD.
“We have inspected the spots at Apsara border, Karkari Mor, Ghazipur sanitary landfill, Geeta Colony and Pandav Nagar with PWD officials. We found unauthorised parking /encroachments at seven places while debris was lying at four places. We arranged for removing the debris but to clear encroachments we need the help of police,” said Yogendra Singh Mann, spokesperson, EDMC.
The civic agency has been taking a fee from the PWD to remove debris from these open spaces.
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Seven wonders park at Sarai Kale Khan
Replicas of seven wonders of the world from different ages are coming up at a park being developed by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation near the Sarai Kale Khan Interstate Bus Terminus.
The SDMC has approved the project to install the replicas on a 11-acre park. Each replica will be of 10 metres in height.
The list has been drawn up from ancient, medieval and new wonders of the world. The chosen monuments are Taj Mahal, Great Pyramid of Egypt, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Christ the Redeemer of Brazil, Rome’s Colosseum and the Statue of Liberty.
The place is currently occupied by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for its ring rail line.
Puneet Goel, SDMC commissioner, said, “The place has been dug by the DMRC for the construction of the underground the metro line. The agency will take another one-and-half months to level the place. After that we will start work on this project on a war footing. It is expected to be completed in a year.”
According to horticulture department officials, these replicas will be constructed by the engineering wing with stone or cement.
“Senior officials from SDMC had visited the park developed on a similar theme at Kota, Rajasthan in 2013. After coming back, officials had prepared a detailed project report and shared it with the engineering department. Once the job is done, the horticulture department will develop the theme-based green lawns around each of these structures will have a nice lighting arrangements,” he said.
Since the place is centrally located and easily accessible through Ring Road, the department expects to get visitors from all over Delhi.
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