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It is now ready for being handed over to New Delhi Municipal Council

  • The major attraction of the park is a quarter-arc shaped amphitheatre that has seven steps and each step has the capacity to seat 50 people
  • The park has been beautified with use of various types of lights that have been provided all over the park

    NEW DELHI: When the Central Park of Connaught Place was taken over by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in 2001 for undertaking Metro construction there, many had wondered what the place that was known for a huge central fountain surrounded by lush green and wooded lawns would look like once the work was completed.

    The wait is now over and what has emerged is an extensively landscaped park replete with lush green lawns, an amphitheatre, 500 newly planted trees, 1,000 shrubs, four water bodies, 21 fountains and a water cascade which would truly make it a landmark in itself.

    Situated above the Rajiv Chowk Metro station, the park has been developed and beautified by DMRC based on world-class standards. It is expected to provide visitors to Connaught Place a perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy the surroundings. DMRC said the park has been re-developed and is now ready for being handed over to New Delhi Municipal Council.

    The major attraction of the park is a quarter-arc shaped amphitheatre that has seven steps. Each step has the capacity to seat 50 people. The stage has an area of 60 square metres and the entry will be from B Block of Rajiv Chowk in front of Palika Bazaar.

    The park has been beautified with use of various types of lights that have been provided all over the park. The lights will be bright -- up to 150 watts -- and would ensure that there are no dark areas in the park even at night. This would also make visitors to the park feel secure. Two power back-up sources have been provided so that the park is always illuminated.

    With a lot of greenery and use of water, the park also has a very natural feeling to it. It has been provided with four water bodies. And the 21 fountains and the lone water cascade have also been provided with lights to enliven the vista.

    Extensive landscaping has also been carried out in the park. Lush grass has been planted over 27,000 square metres and 500 trees and 1,000 shrubs have also been planted. The species of plants have been carefully selected and most of them are evergreen and flower at different times of the year. This will ensure that the park remains a visual delight around the year. Some of the species that have been planted are white champa, royal palm, gulmohar, pink tabebuia, bottlebrush and India laurel.

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