Delhi’s own version of Manhattan’s central park, as big as Lodhi Gardens and located adjacent to Humayun’s Tomb in Nizamuddin, will open its doors to visitors from 22 February. Ratish Nanda, Chief Executive of AKTC, said: “We are calling it the ‘central park’ because that’s the thing to measure up to. We wanted to show that this is possible in Delhi”. He said the eventual plan is to link the Sunder Nursery site of the new park with the adjacent zoo and Purana Qila to create a 900-acre expanse that will act as a green lung in the heart of the city.
After a decade-long conservation work by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Sunder Nursery is now reborn as the city's new horticultural paradise. His Highness said the garden will serve as a space for "recreation, contemplation, education and inspiration". "What a lively energetic space it will be. A large number of birds and butterflies have already made it their home since the conservation," he said.
On 22 February, His Highness the Aga Khan called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind. The President congratulated His Highness and said that the Prince has lead with great humility and has been a shining example of goodness for humanity. The President said that India deeply appreciated the development initiatives His Highness was supporting in India. The President was happy to note that AKDN has partnered India not only in social sector projects but also in restoration of historic monuments and urban renewal.
During the inauguration of Sunder Nursery, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said with the opening of this park, the capital will now have a great addition to its green spaces. He described it as a magnificent and a successful story of public-private-partnership model. His Highness said in the work done on the park "divine blessings" met "human creativity".
On 21 February, Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, and His Highness inaugurated Delhi's first-of-its-kind arboretum and a city heritage park developed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in a 90-acre area near the Humayun's Tomb. During the inauguration, His Highness said he dedicated the arboretum and the city heritage park, developped at the 20th century Sunder Nursery in Nizamuddin area, to the people of India "with spirit of universal harmony".