New Delhi: Sanjay Van, an integral part of South Central Ridge, spreading over an area of 784 acres located in Vasant Kunj, attracts tons of visitors for daily leisure activities. DDA has proposed introduction of activities related to nature, on a concept of eco-tourism at the park. The proposal aims at creating environmental awareness and recreation amidst a natural setting in an eco-friendly manner. Activities like rock climbing, forest leisure cycling, camping, star gazing activities, guided nature tour, etc. have been proposed considering their nature and natural context.
DDA says that the purpose behind the proposal is to encourage community participation and to sensitize the public towards environmental awareness via knowledge dissemination by organizing nature walks, educational tours etc. The objective of the Authority under the PPP model is not limited to the development and operations of the facility by a private entity for long-term concession period but to also ensure that Development, Operations & Maintenance, and usage of the facility is planned and implemented through a sustainable business model. The idea is to allow more and more users from different age groups to visit and appreciate this gem in the heart of the city.
The proposal mentions that after careful site analysis, designated zones for each of the activities will be earmarked in areas already open to the public with minimal or no intervention in the existing habitats.
DDA’s release further says that the intention is not to create a tourist spot in a natural forest but to give the opportunity to the public to feel connected with such natural heritage available in the domain of the urban fabric of the city of Delhi. Thus, such an initiative would release the ever-increasing stress on the psyches of our future generation by allowing them to indulge in nature based activities.