On the anvil for India Gate: Better-lit lawns and safer paths

India Gate invites people from all walks of life,be it the fitness conscious on their early morning walks,protesters fighting for their rights or people merely indulging their late-night craving for an ice-cream.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published:May 2, 2013 12:54 am

India Gate invites people from all walks of life,be it the fitness conscious on their early morning walks,protesters fighting for their rights or people merely indulging their late-night craving for an ice-cream.

To improve the general upkeep of the area and make it a safer public space,Central Public Works Department (CPWD) is working towards several short-term and long term measures.

These include ensuring proper illumination of the paths that run along the lawns,their cleanliness and stationing of its guards in the area. Long-term measures entail solving parking problems in the area and opening of a coffee shop near Vijay Chowk.

“To ensure immediate improvement,we will take up short-term measures,which do not require getting clearances from other authorities. These will involve better upkeep and beautification of the lawn area by planting more flowers. The water in the canals will also be cleaned and we will try to make the garbage collection system more efficient,” a CPWD official said.

The CPWD is responsible for cleaning and maintenance of lawns. Officials said the measures will be implemented in six to nine months.

According to CPWD director general V K Gupta,emphasis will be put on improving lighting in the area. “Since India Gate is visited by a large number of people at night,we plan to install proper lights near the lawns to make the area safer,” Gupta said.

According to officials,the paths and lawns that fall behind government buildings,such as Vigyan Bhawan and Krishi Bhawan,are not properly lit,making them unsafe at night. “We are also planning to station our guards in the area,an official said.

Officials said engineers responsible for maintenance of the area had already begun work.

A committee,headed by additional secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development,D Diptivilasa,has been formed to ensure proper maintenance of India Gate. It includes members from several agencies,such as New Delhi Municipal Council,Delhi Urban Art Commission,Central Vista Committee and Delhi Police.

“We also plan to draw up a long-term improvement plan for India Gate,in consultation with all stakeholders. Under the plan,we will look at constructing more toilets. The existing toilets will also be improved. A coffee house near Vijay Chowk will be revived,” an official said.

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