Innovative blending of heritage restoration, environment protection & employment creation is the best way forward: Vice President

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The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu going around the heritage garden complex Sunder Nursery, in New Delhi on February 21, 2018. His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Shri Anil Baijal and other dignitaries are also seen.

 

New Delhi: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkiah Naidu has said that Innovative blending of heritage restoration, environment protection & employment creation is the best way forward. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the 16th-century heritage garden complex Sunder Nursery, here today. His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs (I/C), Shri Hardeep Singh Puri and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that Nizamuddin Auliya’s message is timeless and universal. He further said that for Nizamuddin Auliya, like many great saints of India, love of God implied the love of humanity. It is a message that emphasizes love as a means of realizing God, he added.

The Vice President said that innovative blending of heritage restoration, environment protection and employment creation is the best way forward. He further said that it demonstrates the promising pathway for future projects of restoration of the historical monuments. Not only are we are preserving the past but we are also laying a foundation for a great, sustainable future, he added.

The Vice President said that Sunder Nursery is an excellent example of public-private partnership in an urban development project and is in line with Government’s focus on improving cleanliness as well as quality of life of the citizens. He further said that today is an important day for the historic city of Delhi. Our capital city will have a great addition to its open public spaces in the form of Sunder Nursery, he added.

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

“Today is an important day for the historic city of Delhi. Our capital city will have a great addition to its open public spaces in the form of Sunder Nursery.

What has really made the occasion all the more special is the presence of His Highness Prince Aga Khan amidst us.

Your Highness, we are presently in the backdrop of the dargah of one of the most respected Sufi saints on the Indian subcontinent, Hazrat Nizamuddin.

Nizamuddin Auliya’s message is timeless and universal. It is a message that emphasizes love as a means of realizing God.

Amir Khusro, the great poet, a great son of India and the most admired disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin says:

“Khusrau Darya prem ka, ulti wa ki dhaar,

Jo utra so doob gaya, jo dooba so paar”

“Oh Khusrau, the river of love runs in strange directions.

One who drowns gets across to the other side”

For Nizamuddin Auliya, like many great saints of India, love of God implied the love of humanity.

It is quite befitting that this inaugural ceremony is being held in your presence, Your Highness, because you have demonstrated this spirit of love of humanity through your innumerable activities,

Your Highness, on behalf of the Government and people of India, I extend a very warm welcome to you. We all congratulate you on the Diamond Jubilee of your leadership.

The celebration of Diamond Jubilee of your leadership is also an occasion to reflect on your long and deep association with our country.

People of India have great admiration and immense respect for you and for the global network that you lead.

The public service that you have rendered selflessly to our citizens in vital development areas like education, health, microfinance, and sanitation, and the professional and innovative manner in which the projects are implemented, is truly an inspiration to all of us.

The work that has been accomplished so far at the Humayun Tomb-Nizamuddin Basti-Sundar Nursery complex is magnificent and truly impressive.

Sunder Nursery is an excellent example of public-private partnership in an urban development project and is in line with Government’s focus on improving cleanliness as well as quality of life of the citizens.

I would like to congratulate the team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Central Public Works Department (CPWD), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Aga Khan Foundation which has implemented the Sunder Nursery Park as a part of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative.

The initiative has fully met its three objectives of conservation of Humayun’s Tomb and its adjacent monuments; improving the quality of life for the citizens; and the development of the Sunder Nursery into a world class park. I am certain that the Interpretation Centre at the Humayun’s Tomb Complex will soon be completed and will be yet another milestone in the success story of this project.

It demonstrates the promising pathway for future projects of restoration of the historical monuments.

Not only are we preserving the past but we are also laying a foundation for a great, sustainable future.

The innovative blending of heritage restoration, environment protection and employment creation is the best way forward.

Your Highness, we are also very happy to be working with the Aga Khan Foundation, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) on the historic Stor Palace in Kabul. That too is a project which has been implemented with the characteristic innovativeness and professionalism that you are so well known for.

Your visit to India will help us even further enhance the momentum of this very unique relationship which we share with the Aga Khan Development Network and its sister organizations.

Your Highness, I thank you once again and wish you a pleasant stay in India.

Thank you. Jai Hind!