Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia inaugurated 'Nakshatra Vatika', an astrology-themed garden, at the Yamuna riverfront near Civil Lines.
The garden is part of a larger project to beautify the riverfront and help clean up the river, which has been reduced to a mere drain.
Nakshatra Vatika was the brain-child of the Delhi Jal Board's horticulture department. "Delhi has been waiting for a green riverfront. We have delivered this at a meager cost of 23 lakh. This proves two things: one that it can be done. And two, that it can be done at a low cost," said Kapil Mishra Delhi's water minister.
The garden has also been hailed as a tribute to the ancient Indian knowledge of astrology, with references to religious mythology and astrological symbols -- be it buses grown, to plants that are considered holy.
Keshav Chandra, DJB CEO, said the theme of astrology was an in-house idea and the park took less than two to three months to develop. "It is a low maintenance affair. It should not take more than 2 lakh to maintain it," he said.
Sisodia said, the garden would provide the new generation, a space to reconnect with ancient Indian traditions. "Some of our traditions that stemmed from ancient knowledge have been deemed superstitious now. However, many of these practices have scientific backing as well, " Sisodia said. The minister expressed the hope that the garden would deter people from polluting the river and surrounding areas with filth and garbage.
Hindustan Times (Delhi) 15 Jan 2017