Delhi metro’s masterstroke of turning waste into art

Scraps twisted to make art


December 28, 2016

/ By / New Delhi

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In a bid to reuse the thousands of tonnes of waste that the Indian capital generates on a daily basis, the authorities of Delhi Metro are developing art by using waste and going green.

Shastri Park, a locality in east of Delhi,will soon have an art-cum-eco-park at a walking distance from it. In a bid to reuse the thousands of tonnes of waste that the Indian capital generates, the authorities at Delhi metro have created a 42,000-square-metre park in the metro station’s vicinity. The park, which will open to public in another two months, has 12 art installations created out of 20-25 tonnes of waste. It also has a range of medicinal plants and herbs that have been planted to add the eco-value.

With hardly any systems in place to recycle or reuse the tonnes of waste that the Indian capital produces, initiatives like this seem to bring some positive alternatives on table. Stats show that Delhi generates 10,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste, 30 tonnes of electronic waste, 70 tonnes of biomedical waste, 4,000 tonnes of construction/demolition waste and 800 tonnes of plastic waste daily.

“We have sourced the waste from various construction sites. Twelve sculptors – 11 Indians and one South Korean – have created one sculpture each out of the waste,”a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation spokesperson told an Indian daily.

Broken tiles and granites have been used to construct walkways in the eco-park.

“We have grown some rare species of plants in Eco Park. For landscaping, native species of shrubs and trees have been used. The seasonal flower plants will also be used. We have tried to choose plant species that require less amount of water,” the spokesperson said.

“Power for lights and other purposes will be generated through solar panels. We will use only treated water. Green waste like leaves and grass will be recycled for making manure,” the spokesperson explained.

The project is not only looking at installation of art sculptures on a green ground. The park is well planned with various facilities being provided inside it. It will have an artificial lake connected to a rain water harvesting pit, a yoga park, open theatre, children’s park, CISF parade ground and a multi-purpose hall.

“We have created planting areas large enough for shade trees to reach their mature height. There are retention areas (waterbody/ lake) to capture the run-off from lawns and other open areas. We have also provided fencing or other protection for planting. Plant materials that can tolerate drought and reflected heat from play surfaces have been selected,” he added.



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