NEW DELHI: The iconic Lodhi Garden which has various historical tombs will soon be getting a grand makeover for its 80th anniversary year.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has prepared a plan for the makeover including installation of smart signages, reconstruction of various entries of the garden, construction of acupressure pathways, installation of solid waste management plant and solar panels.
"The garden was established in 1936 and named as Lady Willingdon park. It was after independence that it got its present name. As the park is completing its 80 years, we have decided to work on a project for its grandeur," NDMC spokesperson said.
"12 gates of the garden will be named after names of trees including Ashoka, Pal, Kadam, Saptparni and Gulmohar among others. The premises will also have LED signages and acupressure pathways," the official added.
Lodhi Garden already has a national bonsai park, herbal garden, bamboo garden, butterfly zone, lotus and lily pond, peacock hatchery and the tallest (35.5 m) tree in Delhi called 'Buddha Coconut'.
Spread over 90 acres, it brings together heritage with rare bird and insect species. Archaeological Survey of India-protected structures like Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad are housed here.
The gardens are situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung's Tomb on Lodhi Road.
The project plan also includes developing of a aquatic body and separate enclosures for migratory birds.
"The lake is being developed into a healthy body for aquatic life by using accelerated bio remediation and nano technology solution to avoid breeding of mosquitoes. Water ATM and help desk corner will also be set up in at least two locations," the official said.
"Construction of a cafeteria and providing wi-fi services are also part of the plan," he added.