Transformation: To level pond in area,East agency asks Metro for sand

Despite financial constraints,the East corporation seems to be finding ways to carry out development works in its jurisdiction.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: October 16, 2012 1:25 am

Despite financial constraints,the East corporation seems to be finding ways to carry out development works in its jurisdiction.

It recently decided to turn a dry pond,which had turned into a garbage dumping site,into a park. Officials said the residents had been dumping garbage into the pond and this had reduced it to a landfill. The corporation,however,was short on funds to buy sand to fill the pond.

This is when the officials came up with the idea to seek Metro’s help to fill up the pond.

“Metro had dug-up sand on its hands from the various underground tunnels. We asked them to give it to us so that we can fill the pond. We have emptied 45 trucks of sand from Metro sites into the pond. The levelling work is almost complete. We need around 21,000 cubic tonnes of sand to build the park,” East corporation commissioner S S Yadav said.

Officials said Mandawali,East Delhi,had no childrens’ park.

“There are few open spaces in the area. Children don’t have a playground and senior citizens have no place for walks. The upcoming park in Mandawali is an ambitious project. We have taken it up despite severe financial constraints,” Director (press and information) Yogendra Mann said.

The park will be developed on an eight-acre site. Like other major parks developed on landfills,the corporation is planning to make the Mandawali park tourist friendly. “Indraprastha Park is popular with residents of East and South Delhi. The government has created open spaces for people who live in flats. The IP Park has become one of the most visited parks in Delhi,” Yadav said.

Officials are also planning to plant medicinal plants in a portion of the park. “We have plans to consult the Ayurvedic unit of AYUSH department. They may help us select plants that have medicinal value,” Mann said.

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