New Delhi: In a first of its kind initiative, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as a part of its green initiatives and in a bid to create greener public spaces in the national capital region has developed a park in east Delhi’s Shastri Park, using all kinds of waste materials. From scrap iron to discarded sheets, broken pipes and tiles – this park spread over 42,000-square-metres area is full of things made from trash. In fact, this unique park has been created using 25 tonnes of scrap and 5,600 cubic metres of muck from various metro rail sites.
A Tour Inside The Waste Park In Delhi
The park has been named Eco Park and has 12 sculptures, all have been made using waste materials and bear messages to encourage people to adopt a sustainable lifestyle. Even the walkways in the park have been built using broken tiles and granite in the Eco Park. Highlighting more features of the park, a spokesperson from DMRC said,
The idea was to create a green space in Delhi that helps spread the message of ‘Go Green’. The highlight of the park is not just that it has been made using waste or scrap items but many other things. We have a provision of solar panels through which the power of lights and other things in the park has been worked out. We are also using only treated water. There is also an artificial lake which will be connected to a rain water harvesting pit. And green waste like leaves and grass will be recycled by making manure.
Apart from these exclusive features, the Eco Park also has things such as an auditorium, an amphitheater, a meditation alcove, a playground for children and a gymnasium.
The park also has an eco-friendly gallery, which portrays paintings with messages about the importance of protecting the environment.
Delhi’s Eco Park: From Eco-friendly Décor To Trees And Plants
From rare species of plants to native species of shrubs and trees, DMRC has tried to choose plant species that require less amount of water. There are medicinal and plants that absorb pollutants as well in the Eco Park. Moreover, topsoil from various underground station sites has also been utilised for the gardens in the park.
For this green initiative, the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has also given the park a ‘Platinum’ rating, recognising it for the numerous environmentally friendly features.