NEW DELHI: A socio-economic survey of Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti in 2008 revealed that less that 2% of the local population visited parks. The fact that parks of over 5 acres surrounded the basti did little to stir people’s interest. In order to overcome this mindset, a newly landscaped park was inaugurated by additional CP Ajay Chaudhary before the leader of opposition, South corporation.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was accompanied by children of the area’s corporation-run primary school singing the National Anthem and youths from the basti playing an inaugural football match. The redevelopment of the park was carried out by Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). Shveta Mathur, AKTC programme officer for urban planning, explained that community management of facilities, such as toilets, had ensured proper use of the park as well greater participation in its management.
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