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DDA plans world- class parks in city.

DELHIITES could soon get to enjoy ' urban parks' of international standards in the city. Inspired by the likes of Hyde Park in London, New York's Central Park and Garden by the Bay in Singapore, the Delhi Development Authority ( DDA) is envisaging recreating such ' large green' spaces in the Capital too.

At least five existing parks and fallow spaces above 100 acres of area have already been identified, mostly in west and northwest Delhi. An Expression of Interest has also been floated which has elicited several bright ideas from landscape architects.

A senior official said, " We are still studying them. As soon as we finalise them, bids may be opened." As it's a big project, it will require collaboration with non- profit organisations and corporate bodies, he said. " Delhi has several parks. However, there is none which can lend a certain ' identity' to the city. For example, when you say ' Maidan' or the ' Brigade Parade Ground,' you immediately recall Kolkata. Such parks should pull out citizens of their homes to enjoy nature and be a big tourist magnet as well," DDA's chief architect Vinod Dhar said.

He added, " Almost all global cities have a large park at the heart of the city. They are weaved into the densest parts of habitation.

All the streets converge into it and people love them. They sit there during office lunch hours, for leisure etc." It's basically a vision towards future, how Delhi's parks will look in the decades to come, he added.

An official said, " We have been considering several global models -- including the smaller Bryant Park in New York and the historic market of Piazza del Campo in Tuscany, Italy. However, these cannot be simply juxtaposed on Delhi. The cultural context, land slope, topography and hydrology of each site will be considered." For example, an area suffering from water shortage may not get an artificial lake. It could be turned into a sports complex, instead.

The DDA is planning to work on two modes: Greenfield and Brownfield. Officials explained that designs have been invited for ' Bharat Vandana Park' in Dwarka and large orchards at Shalimar Bagh and Nangloi. These are largely undeveloped ' brownfields.' On the other hand, features will be added to ' greenfields' Aastha Kunj in Nehru Place and ' Swarna Jayanti Park' in Rohini.

Landscaping like adding beautiful tree tunnels, artificial lakes, fountains, bridges and plazas are being considered.

An official said, " There are no Indian parallels for the scale we are considering. Lush greenery, education, research and recreation will all be combined and served at these parks, as we have imagined." The DDA is planning to work on two modes-- Greenfield and Brownfield

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Date:Jul 15, 2016
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