A ‘Waste-to-art’ park at ITO to commemorate the struggle for freedom

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Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena laid the foundation stone of the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” park project at Shaheedi Park in ITO on Saturday.

Based on the ‘waste-to-art’ concept, the project will see the use of over 200 tonnes of scrap materials – old vehicles, utility poles and pipes – to create 10 replicas. It will be based on India’s freedom struggle.

Spread over 4.5 acres, the project will be executed by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) at a cost of ₹16.5 crore. The project had received final approval from the former South Delhi Municipal Corporation in February.

The MCD said the themes chosen for the replicas include cultural and social awareness, the Swadeshi movement and the integration of princely states, among others.

Solar panel

“Besides the 10 replicas, the park will also have three galleries based on various themes of India’s glorious culture, heritage, value and scientific achievements. There will be a souvenir shop and food court as well as a “ample parking for vehicles. A 140 kilowatt solar panel will also be installed here to meet energy needs,” reads the civic body’s press release.

Mr Saxena has asked the authorities to complete the project by December ahead of the 74th Republic Day celebrations.

Discharge Inspection

Meanwhile, Mr Saxena made an unscheduled inspection visit to the Ghazipur landfill. He gives an update on the works and the new trommel machine which was brought after his previous visit on May 29.

“Mr. Saxena expressed his satisfaction with the ongoing work on the three landfills, where 4.3 lakh MT [metric tonnes] rubbish had been removed in June and the target for July had been set at 3.6 lakh MT due to rain,” reads the MCD press release.

He added that LG reiterated its commitment to clean up the three landfills in Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla within the next 16 months.

Earlier, a senior MCD official said further drone surveys would be conducted to assess the ground situation, height and progress of waste reduction at the three landfills. The move came after Mr Saxena visited the landfills in May. The official said the deployment of drones will be every two to three months, as instructed by LG.

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