PRAKRITI - METRO PARK, A UNIQUE PARK CREATED BY DMRC FROM WASTE MATERIALS AT SHASTRI PARK
Prakriti - Metro Park, a one
of a kind park oriented towards creating greener public spaces in the capital,
was unveiled by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) at Shastri Park today.
Justice Swatanter Kumar, Chairperson, National Green Tribunal (NBT) inaugurated
the park in the presence of DMRC’s Managing Director, Dr. Mangu Singh and other
Spread over an area of over
10 acres, the park has a host of recreational as well as artistic attractions. Facilities
such as an auditorium, amphitheatre, meditation alcove, playground for children
and gymnasium have been provided for the visitors. A lake with fountain along
with a rain forest has also been created in the park.
The main highlights of the
park are the artistic installations created from waste materials generated from
the Delhi Metro’s construction sites. Artists from across the country have come
together to create these beautiful installations, all of which carry pertinent
messages on a range of issues. Almost one third of the materials used in the
park are salvaged materials.
Delhi Metro’s care for the
environment has also been depicted both in the design as well as the eventual
construction of the park. An environmental gallery has been created which has
paintings about the importance of environmental protection. Utilization of top
soil from various underground station sites, plantation of nature, medicinal
and pollution absorbing plants, bird attracting species, creation of a 'Rain
forest' etc. are some of the other green attractions of the park.
Because of these features,
the park has also received a ‘Platinum’ rating from the Indian Green Building
Council (IGBC). The water required for
horticultural use will be provided by the Sewerage Water Treatment Plant (STP)
in the vicinity and 20 kW of power requirements will be met by solar power
generation making it a net positive energy park.
For irrigation purposes
also, treated water is being used. Arrangements for rainwater harvesting has
been done for 100 percent runoff water from the site. Almost 97 percent of
plant species are native enabling water use reduction. Nearly, 90 percent
of construction materials used are also local materials. During the
construction work, no construction waste was sent to landfills, instead waste
materials from other DMRC sites was reused. The organic waste generated at the
park is also being treated.
highlight of the park is the Trellis Court which has eight pillars of
progressively increasing height in the centre which depicts the evolution of
Delhi Metro from a nascent organisation, which took up the challenge of
encompassing Delhi with metro network to a confident and evolved organisation
which is now in the process of completing many new lines.
the efforts of
Delhi Metro in creating this park, Justice Swatanter Kumar
said,”DMRC has not only contributed excellence in transportation but it
stands out for two more things - it is environmentally conscious and it
makes the effort to be self reliant. With the Prakriti Park, DMRC has
begun a new chapter in CSR. It will set a good precedence for others in
the corporate sector to follow.”
The park is within walking
distance from the Shastri Park Metro station on the Red Line. It also has a
dedicated parking lot where there is space for the parking of 72 cars.
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