Delhi: Heritage Park near Red Fort gets ready for Sunday launch

Delhi: 17 March, 2022 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: North Delhi Municipal Corporation was busy giving the finishing touch to Phase I of Heritage Park opposite Red Fort on Wednesday — adding more flowering plants and aesthetic lights, and completing stone work. The park is scheduled to be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday.

“We have worked hard and converted the site from a shambles into a heritage park to attract more and more visitors. The place is surrounded by historical monuments, including Jama Masjid, Red Fort and Jain Mandir, which will make it even more attractive,” former Union minister Vijay Goel said during a preview of the park.

“The site was encroached upon badly when we started the journey a few years ago. From getting the site cleared to arranging for funds from many MPs across the party lines, we took all steps to add grandeur to this place,” said Goel, who was the first to contribute funds and pursue the project with the authorities.

The place will be named after Chatri Lal Goel, the first speaker of the assembly and deputy mayor of the municipal corporation. He was Goel’s father.

Conceived in 2017, the park is being developed in two phases at a cost of Rs 17.68 crore. The Mughal-style baradari or pavilion is the centrepiece of the park, which will also have a beautiful boundary wall with rich carvings on red stone.

“Visitors can also enjoy the delicious cuisine of Chandni Chowk and handicrafts of Old Delhi as the place will have counters selling delicacies as well as arts and craft items,” said Goel. “We will charge a fee of Rs 20 for adults and Rs 10 for children to avoid unwanted visitors. The process to hand over operations and maintenance to a private company will be completed soon,” said a civic official.

The civic body has also completed the initial planning for the second phase and the work will start as soon as the corporation gets funds, said the official. “In Phase II, a waterbody, belonging to DDA, will be rejuvenated apart from developing 14-16 shops with a lot of jali work and other features. But first we need to get the place free of encroachment,” said the official.

The parliamentarians, including KTS Tulsi, Subramaniam Swamy, Roopa Ganguly, Swapan Das Gupta and Karan Singh, have also contributed for the project.