India’s latest tourist attraction may only be set to open this weekend but it has already received international acclaim for the good work its doing in turning waste into worth.
Known as the Seven Wonders of the World Park, the iconic attraction is situated in Delhi and features replicas of the Taj Mahal, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, Rome’s Colosseum and the Statue of Liberty.
What stands out most about the park is that all of the replicas are made from waste. The initiative, which forms part of the Indian government’s Clean India Project which, brought a group of seven local artists together to recreate replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World using discarded scrap metal.
Situated in one of the most polluted cities in the world, the park itself is set up on what used to be a two-hectare landfill site and according to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) it will be lit up using renewable energy.
Harnessing the elements
The municipality has already installed three solar trees at the park each with the capacity to generate up to six kilowatts of power according to the Times of India.
The trees have sensors that allow them to track the sun improving energy output by up to 40% when compared to a traditional fixed-tilt solar power system.
“We have also installed solar panels on the roof of the washroom constructed out of an old shipping container,” SDMC commissioner Puneet Goel told Times of India.
The news outlet also reports that there are plans to install a wind turbine at the site as well.