President Kovind inaugurated the heritage park by uncovering a plaque. President Kovind gave a tour of the garden while his short visit.
In the first phase, it is an area of about 1.75 acres. It developed at an estimated cost of around Rs 7.65 crore.
It took many months of hard labor as well as meticulous planning. The plot earlier covered in filth as well as encroached from multiple sides. It was often used by anti-social elements but now it has been renovated into a wonderful park.
The heritage park was Conceived in the year 2017. This park has been created with North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s funds. It got contributions from numerous MPs cutting across party lines and a former Union minister named Vijay Goel.
It has been created by using rich stocks of flowers. The heritage park has structures made with traditional craftsmanship.
A white marble-made ‘baradari’ (pavilion) with cusped curves is the centerpiece of this garden. On the other hand, red sandstone, white marble, Dholpur stone, and Delhi quartzite stones were used in its construction.
During the second phase of this urban renewal project, the remaining 2.25 acres will develop. And the estimated cost is around Rs 10.03 crore. Officials said, For the first phase, the NDMC had arranged around Rs 4.70 crore from its resources.
The second phase also envisages renewing the old water stream (referred to as ‘Nahar’ by locals). It survived on a stretch located adjacent to the existing boundary wall of the park.
The heritage park is also enriched with Mughal-style named ‘chhatris’, stone railings and lamp posts, borrowing design components from the Red Fort’s ramparts, ornate gates, a sunken open-air theatre. The park also has toilet facilities.
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Delhi Lt Governor named Anil Baijal, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, mayors of three BJP-led municipal corporations — Raja Iqbal Singh (NDMC), Mukesh Suryan (SDMC) and Shyam Sunder Aggarwal (EDMC), senior BJP leader Baijayant Panda, as well as Rajya Sabha member Roopa Ganguly, are the ones who also have contributed funds for the park. All these were present on the occasion.
Ganguly said I am very happy to donate funds for this project through MPLADS and delighted to see this beautiful park finally being inaugurated today. Heritage plays a very significant role in any society and this is a great expansion to the recreational spaces in Delhi.
A food court area is created, said architect Kapil Aggarwal, he is the one who designed the park.
The heritage park is close to the 17th century Jama Masjid. On the other side, The park faces Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site.