A controversy had erupted in June over the construction of the planned replica of the revered Sikh shrine in the park built at Punjabi Bagh in south Delhi, following which it was removed.
Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjinder Singh Sirsa in late June had claimed that the replica of the temple being built at the park had been "dismantled" as it was against "Sikh decorum".
He had also tweeted about it and shared pictures of the site.
South Delhi Mayor Mukesh Suryan, however, said, the replica was just "removed" from its planned spot at the park, and efforts are on to instal it after due consensus.
"The construction of the park is in its last stage and it is expected to be dedicated to citizens by the end of October. The theme of the park is ''Unity and Diversity'' and these artworks show utmost respect to our monuments and cultural heritage," he said, adding, the expenditure on this project is about Rs 16 crore.
Spread over eight acres, replicas of about 20 monuments, including Qutab Minar, Taj Mahal, Charminar, Gateway of India, Konark Temple, Nalanda ruins, Mysore Palace, Meenakshi Temple, Hampi, Victoria Memorial Hall, Sanchi Stupa, Gol Gumbaz, Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Hawa Mahal are to be installed at the park.
"As far as the replica of the Golden Temple is concerned, talks are still on with senior Sikh leaders. We are seeking to build a consensus so that the replica, on which a lot of work has been done and resources spent, can be installed at the park," Suryan said.
Mayor Suryan, SDMC Leader of House Indrajeet Sehrawat, along with Deputy Commissioner West Zone of the corporation, Rahul Singh had recently inspected the under-construction ''Bharat Darshan Park''.
Suryan had asked officials to complete the remaining works as early as possible.
These replicas have been built with scrap and waste materials like dumped old vehicles, fans, iron rods, nuts and bolts, lying unused or abandoned at SDMC stores, officials said.
Work on building replicas of ''Char Dham'' shrines is underway, they said, adding that there will also be a 1.5-km track for walking, specified kids zone, stalls to organise cultural programmes, a food court, besides audio tour and photography facility.
"''Unity in Diversity'' is the theme of the park where diverse culture and rich heritage of India will be reflected through smaller versions of these monuments. Like ''Waste to Wonder Park'', ''Bharat Darshan Park'' will also become a popular tourist spot of Delhi, where people will be able to see ''mini India'' at one place," Suryan said.
''Waste-to-Wonder Park'' in Sarai Kale Khan area was opened in February 2019. It has replicas of seven world famous monuments, including Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower, fashioned out of mechanical waste.
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal had said in a February 2020 event that the ''Waste to Wonder Park'' is a shining example of ''''waste-to-wealth'''' concept, and the SDMC should develop such more parks which are self-sustained and based on this concept.
Suryan said work on the ''Bharat Darshan Park'' project was delayed for some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, but work is in full swing now.
This park is also an amazing concept of ''waste-to-wealth'' where replicas of historical monuments are being made out of scrap material. PTI KND TDS