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Seven Wonders Of The World: 10 Things To Know About Delhi’s Own Waste To Wonder Park

From the magnificent Taj Mahal - symbol of love, the Roman Colosseum, iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa to Paris's Eiffel Tower, these famous landmarks, some of which have been Seven Wonders of the World, offer major travelling goals. Inspired by these famous monuments, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has inaugurated ?Waste To Wonder' Park that hosts replicas of these monuments from across the world. And what makes it even more special is the fact that the installations are made from scrap metals and other discarded waste items.

About: SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporation) has established a ?Waste to Wonder' park that hosts replicas of some of the wonders of the world. The USP is that the replicas have been constructed from waste materials like parts of old bikes, broken bench, discarded truck, and other scrap metal, procured from landfills of the city.

Where: The one of its kind park is situated near the Sarai Kale Khan Inter-State Bus Terminus and the Outer Ring Road, where people and vehicles of all kinds jostle for space and clean air.

7 Wonders: The park boasts of replicas of the Great Pyramid of Giza which is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Leaning Tower of Pisa - one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, the Colosseum, Christ The Reedemer, India's gem - Taj Mahal listed under New7Wonders of the World, the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower.

Idea: When Dr Punnet Goel, Commissioner, SDMC, saw the Bollywood movie Badrinath Ki Dulhniya, he got to know Kota in Rajasthan has seven wonders park comprising miniatures of Seven Wonders of the World. Then and there the idea was born. 'I thought why not build a similar one in Delhi for the citizens and tourists? Then I thought if we could use scrap material for this plan. One thing led to another and here is this park.'

Unique Selling Point: Waste is what defines the wonder park. The world-renowned monuments have been made from waste. For instance, the pedestal of the Statue Of Liberty has been created using old pipes, metal railings and angles, giving the look of bricks. In her left hand, Roman liberty goddess holds a tablet carved from a municipal corporation bench and metal sheets and in the right hand, she holds a torch fabricated from old bike and its chain. Lastly, her hair has been made using cycle chains.

Self-sustainability Is The Key: To make the wonder park sustainable, SDMC has decided to make use of renewable energy to meet its electricity needs. For the same, solar panels have been installed on the rooftops of the washroom along with three solar trees and a wind mill.

Revenue Generation: Through solar and wind, 28 KW of power will be generated of which 15-20 KW will be consumed and the surplus would be fed into the grid.

Production Essentials: To give life to the idea, five artists with the help of seven supporting artists and 50 labourers from across the country, came together. Using close to 80 tonnes of waste, the facsimile of wonders of the world were created in six months.

How To Reach: The nearest metro station is Hazrat Nizamuddin metro station of pink line (exit: gate no. 3). By road, one can either come to the Sarai Kale Khan Inter-State Bus Terminus and then take an auto or cab or directly take a cab for the wonder park.

Entry Fee: An entry fee of Rs. 50 from adults, and Rs. 25 from children belonging to the age group of 3-12 years will be charged. Children up to three years of age, senior citizens - 65 years and above, and school students from the municipal corporations,carrying their identity cards will not be charged an entry fee.

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