The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to develop and upgrade four major parks in the city. These include The Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Sanjay Jheel, and Talkatora Garden. The Smart City project is expected to be completed in FY 2022-2023.
It will hire a consultant for the purpose. This is because these gardens will be provided with world-class facilities with smart lighting, a nursery, walking tracks, etc. It will be done to impress tourists and improve the economy of the country. This, the NDMC said on Monday, 17th January 2022.
The NDMC vice-chairman Satish Upadhyay said while parks and gardens in the NDMC area are already developed and popular among morning walkers, the project will aim to make the facilities match international standards.
“There are so many views for enhancing services without compromising on the greenery at these places, such as adding musical fountains, smart irrigation through drip and sprinklers, manicured lawns, smart lighting, coffee shops, and happiness area. These facilities will attract people across all age groups, including senior citizens and young children,” Upadhayay said.
He added that some of the works are already being implemented on a pilot basis at Nehru Park. “We are developing a cycle track around Nehru Park for fitness freaks. And we are also checking if an amusement park at Children’s Park is viable. But all these works need proper planning. That is why we have decided to appoint a consultant who can give better suggestions,” he told the Times Of India.
Meanwhile, the 2.7 km synthetic rubber track at Nehru Park received encouraging feedback. Therefore, a similar track will be laid on a 2 km stretch at Sanjay Park as well as in all open gyms, officials said.
“This project is part of the budget for the next financial year. The idea is to give visitors a better walking experience. The track fabric is soft compared to cemented and rocky surfaces. So the chances of getting injured after falling on the ground will be less. We have decided to carpet the area in and around all open gyms using the same fabric,” said an official.