Rajnath Singh inaugurates Waste to Wonder Park in Delhi
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a new park which houses the replicas of seven wonders of the world at Sarai Kale Khan, on Thursday. The park, which is called the 'Waste to Wonder Park', was built by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC). It is the first-of-its-kind tourist attraction in the world, with the replicas of the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, Rome's Colosseum, and the Statute of Liberty which were opened for the public at the inauguration.
"The replicas of all seven wonders of world has been built with eco-friendly, self sustainable material, and has its own solar and wind power generation. It is open to all and we are more than happy that the park has been constructed within six months time and now it is a reality in Delhi. This is will also enhance the tourists economy," said Rajnath Singh.
"Since the seven replicas are made of 150 tonnes of scraps of automobile parts and other metal waste like fans, rods, iron sheets, nut- bolts, bicycle and bike parts and age-old appliances, this will give boost to Swach Bharat Mission led by the Prime Minister," said Singh. Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, Mahesh Girri, Lok Sabha (MP) from East Delhi seat and senior officials of SDMC were present on the occasion apart from locals For eight-year-old Riyaan Kaushik, it was his dream come true to see seven wonders of world in Delhi.
"I have read in my GK book about seven wonders of world. My favourite is Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower. Though I have seen Taj but had never thought I could see Eiffel Tower. This is so exciting and now it is my favourite destination in the city," said Riyaan who studies in class II at Laxman Public School. To avoid the rush of visitors, the civic body has decided to charge Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children (three -12 years) as an entry fee.
However, senior citizens, and infants who are below three years of age, as well as children of MCD run schools, will not be charged any amount. The SDMC has installed solar trees and rooftop panels that will generate 50 KW powers to lighten the park with beautiful colours. "The surplus power will be sold to the power distribution companies to earn revenue," said Sikha Rai, the chairperson of Standing Committee of SDMC.