A selfie against the backdrop of India Gate, followed by the Char Minar, Howrah Bridge or Gateway of India — this will be possible soon when Delhi Development Authority unveils its Bharat Vandana Park, where the ‘Mini India’ zone will have miniature replicas of famous monuments from Indian states.
Located near the Dwarka Sector-9 Delhi metro station, the park is spread across 200 acre in Sector 20 of the sub-city. A DDA official said that the project’s Mini India zone will showcase the rich and diverse art forms, culture, heritage and ethnic values of the country. “National Buildings Construction Corporation is the project management consultant and has already initiated the work,” he said.
DDA recently uploaded a copy of the environmental clearance to the project accorded by the Union ministry of environment, forest & climate change on its website. According to the minutes of the 55th meeting of the Expert Appraisal Committee, the salient features of the project presented before it mentioned that the ‘design of the park is a derivative form of the lotus flower, with the outline footprint of lotus. Each petal of the flower will be a zone for a specific activity’.
The primary attraction of the sprawling park will be Mini India, which will outline the heritage of India through replicas of famous monuments of different Indian states. These will be built at a miniature scale of 1:25. There will also be landscape parks of some states, crafts bazaar, a boating canal etc.
Apart from the Mini India zone, the other petal-shaped zones are congregational zone, cultural zone, Pushpa Kriti Sarovar zone, eco-sensitive zone, meditation garden zone, fun park zone, adventure park zone, lake-view restaurant zone and the Vandana Sarovar zone, which will be the central water body that will act as the focal point of the park and will have a viewing deck around it. There are also plans to provide boating facilities there.
According to the presentation given to the Expert Appraisal Committee, of the total 200 acres, the proposed built-up area will be of around 3.3 acres and a recreational park is proposed to be constructed in line with green building principles and LEED-IGBC (Indian Green Building Council) platinum rating standards. The area for the amusement park is of almost 25 acres and is permitted as a district park in Master Plan Delhi 2021. The landscaped green area will sprawl across 98 acres, which is 54% area of the total park, apart from nearly 26 acres being covered by the waterbodies.
DDA wants the park to serve as a Delhi landmark and a one of its kind facility in NCR. The park envisions integrating various experiences and activities that would engage people of all ages and cultures. Unlike conventional parks, DDA has envisaged the Bharat Vandana Park to be on the lines of a destination park that will offer multiple activities in order to make it a vibrant and dynamic park which would also be self-contained and self-sustaining.
The Expert Appraisal Committee has granted approval to the project subject to conditions like in-house treatment of wastewater for use in flushing toilets, presence of landscaping and waterbodies and charging points at the parking lots for electric vehicles, etc.