Plans to turn part of Delhi into a cultural hub have been announced by the minister of state for planning Rajeev Shukla.
The minister wants Delhi to rival cultural precincts in other cities such as London’s South Bank and Melbourne’s Federation Square. Though already considered a cultural destination, the minister of state for planning wants more to be done to attract cultural tourism to the city. Plans include bringing all the cultural activities such as festivals and markets to one central location in the capital. Reports have said that the location for the hub would most likely be Central Delhi.Plans to build a museum complex at the chosen location as well as a centre for performing arts have also been suggested. "In Delhi, the biggest problem is that our cultural centres are scattered. This hub will bring them together through private and public partnership," Rajeev Shukla told the Mailonline. "Our objective is to have a bold architecture with an integrated space which can bring artistes of the world and tourists together," he added. "Considering the issue of availability of land, MoS planning has advised the ministry of culture to approach the ministry of urban development for allotment of 50 acres of land in Dwarka immediately... Simultaneously, the ministry of culture should also approach the ministry of commerce for transfer of land under ITPO at Pragati Maidan for the project," read a concept note released by the government. Delhi is well known for its many fairs and festivals highlighting natural heritage and culture. If plans go ahead the new hub would mean tourists flying to India from around the world would have an easily accessible central location to visit, where they would be able to experience the best of India’s rich culture. Image sources: 123