New Delhi's Super-Park Will Completely Dwarf Central Park

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In 1857, Central Park was carved out of the still-wild landscape of Manhattan. In 2013, a new park in the middle of super-dense New Delhi is poised to dwarf Central Park by almost 50 percent.

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But how will they build a 1,200-square-foot park smack dab in the center of the fourth biggest city in the world? That's the dilemma. The Aga Khan Trust for Culture plans to knit together several different adjacent sites, like the Sunder Nursery, Humayun's Tomb, nearby gardens, heritage areas, and an old zoo. The group also wants to carve out a lake and create a Mughal garden in the lush urban oasis.

Alright, stitching together some adjoining green spaces isn't that bad. So what exactly is the problem? Well, first of all, no formal proposal has been filed. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, there's a lot of bureaucratic red tape when it comes to getting the rights to the land. For example, the tomb is controlled by the Archaeological Survey of India. The Delhi Public Works Commission runs the nursery. And the Ministry of Environment handles the zoo. Those are just three pieces to a very large puzzle. But the Trust and its director, Ratish Nanda, say they're committed to leading the charge.

If they're successful, New Delhians will have in their own backyard, a space that falls somewhere in between such renowned parks as Chapultepec in Mexico City (2,000 acres) and Golden Gate in San Francisco (1,017 acres). Nanda says his masterpiece will have 100,000 trees from 200 species, boast beautiful Islamic monuments, a fort, a zoo that holds white tigers and exotic birds, a treated lake that you could actually swim in, and so much more. Central Park is a pristine—and necessary—escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Hopefully now, Delhi will have its own urban retreat. [Huffington Post via Quartz]

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SheldonPlankton
SheldonPlankton

Wonderful post, Leslie.

The park will boast "Beautiful Islamic monuments". But mentions nothing about Christian, Jewish or Hindu Monuments.. India is MOSTLY Hindu, but suffers from an ugly situation and one that will I fear change the landscape of the country in a dramatic way.

Some facts Giz readers should know:

-India is mostly Hindu
-Hindus are VERY welcoming to Jewish and Christian Brothers. In fact, in many places Hindu families send their children to Catholic schools because they know the schools are of very high quality, and compatible to the belief that all religions should be respected.
- Hindus have had a longstanding friction with Muslims in India, which is why it's somewhat of a bad thing to confuse "Indians" (mostly Hindu) with "Pakistanis"(Mostly Muslim). Sad fact is they do NOT get along. I have seen things with my own eyes I wish I could share here, but for fear of being misunderstood, I won't.

I just want to ask one question:

-How many Hindus are involved in various conflicts around the world? Now ask the same of the other groups, and with WHOM they are involved in conflicts....

I'll leave it there.