New Delhi: In a recent turn of events, the inauguration of north-Delhi based Coronation Park has been postponed which was slated for December 11. The inauguration date coincides with the 100th centenary of the national Capital.

100 years ago, on the same day, the coronation ceremony of King George V was held at the same piece of land and it was declared the national Capital would move to Delhi from Calcutta.

To mark the completion of 100 years of this park and the Capital, earlier, the government had decided to invite a British citizen, but now the government is opposing its own move.
According to sources, there were significant differences surfaced at the Central Government level which led to this postponement.

According to Delhi Development Authority (DDA), there is no pressure from higher authorities to complete the pending works. “We will not do anything in hurry. The tricolour will be hoisted at the park on December 11,” said a DDA official.

Notably, the construction work of the park, which is spread over an area of 57-acres, began last year. AGK Menon, the Delhi head of the Indian National Trust for Art and Culture Heritage (INTACH), who also works for DDA said, “Constructions of statues of King George V, Lord Harding and three more British rulers are underway.”

On December 11, the tricolour will be hoisted near the memorial of King George V at a height of 25 meters. The memorial was built in 1911. A plaza named 1947 is being developed, exhibiting the freedom era of India.

At present, this park houses half-a-dozen statues of British rulers including King George V. The statue of King George V was removed from India Gate in 1960.

 

(JPN/Bureau)