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Devise parking plan to ease chaos caused by wonder park rush, LG directs officials

Devise parking plan to ease chaos caused by wonder park rush, LG directs officials

Temporary Measures Fall Flat With Over 15,000 Visitors And Space For Less Than 100 Vehicles

New Delhi:

Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal on Sunday directed officials to chalk out a parking management plan for a Ring Road stretch that has become a daily traffic nightmare because of the huge rush of visitors to the Wonders of the World Park at Sarai Kale Khan.

After TOI highlighted how illegally parked vehicles on Ring Road and the flyover there were resulting in traffic jams during peak hours, South Delhi Municipal Corporation claimed to have made better arrangements for vehicle handling. However, a visit to the park revealed hardly any change in the situation.

Over 15,000 people visit the place on the weekends whereas, officially, there is space to park just a little under 100 vehicles. This weekend, TOI found 8-10 traffic police officers and some Home Guard personnel deployed on and beneath the flyover and at the park’s entrance, but it was evident that this was wholly inadequate for managing the crowd.

On Sunday, Anil Baijal tweeted: “Pleased to learn that SDMC’s waste to wonder park is drawing large number of visitors. I reviewed further improvement plan and advised the authorities to explore innovative solutions for parking management (sic).” He added: “Stack parking to increase capacity, improved walkability to the nearest metro station to promote use of metro to visit park, online ticket booking system, etc., may be introduced.”

North corporation commissioner Varsha Joshi, who currently holds additional charge of south corporation, refused to comment. A senior SDMC official, however, confirmed that LG had issued directions for improving the traffic situation and that “hopefully, in 40-45 days, everything will be in place”.

Meanwhile, after the TOI report, officials from SDMC, traffic police and Delhi Police carried out a joint inspection on Sunday to look into the situation.

A senior SDMC official said an area management plan would be prepared soon. “Within a week, provision for parking another 50 cars will be made near the Regional Rapid Transit System land. Since vehicular turnout to this place is huge, we will also write to NHAI to allow parking below the flyover. But to encourage people to take the metro, we will develop a footpath and may also start an e-rickshaw facility.”

Two new entrances and sale of tickets online are other measures that SDMC plans to take to reduce congestion outside the gate. Earlier, on June 21, SDMC had added another ticket window, but it didn’t resolve the issue.

The Wonders of the World Park was opened for the public on February 21. Spread over an area of seven acres, the main attractions of this place are the replicas of the Taj Mahal, Great Pyramid of Giza, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue, Rome’s Colosseum and New York’s Statute of Liberty.

These seven replicas were all constructed from automobile scrap, discarded bicycle and motorcycle parts, and metallic waste such as fans, rods, iron sheets, nut and bolts, sewer lines and decaying appliances that were gathering dust in SDMC’s 24 storehouses. In all, 150 tonne of scrap was used to create what has become a popular — and problematic — recreational site.


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