7 Wonders of the World: Awaiting inauguration, Delhi’s latest tourist attraction comprising the replicas of seven iconic edifices from across the world will have a first for the capital: It will be lit up solely through renewable energy. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has decided to harness wind and solar power to meet the power demand of the Wonders of the World Park near Sarai Kale Khan bus terminal in south-east Delhi.
The park, which will have replicas of the Taj Mahal, Great Pyramid of Giza, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Christ the Redeemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, Rome’s Colosseum and the Statue of Liberty, will be opened to the public in the second week of February.
The clones at the park have been fabricated with scrap automobile parts. “We have already given them a finished look and installed old sodium lights to highlight their features,” said Alok Kumar, director, horticulture department, SDMC. “Now work on landscaping and laying the pathways is in progress. Once these tasks are done, we will focus on installing beautiful lights all over the park.”
SDMC has installed three solar trees at the park, each with a capacity to generate up to six kilowatts of power. There are plans to also install a wind turbine. The solar trees have sensors to track the sun on its normal east-to-west trajectory and improve energy output by up to 40% over 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,” said SDMC commissioner Puneet Goel.