On this occasion, Mr. Kulanand Joshi, additional secretary, Bhagidari Cell from Chief Minister's Office was present as chief guest and shared his thoughts on the Bhagidari model, which was started in the year 2000 by Chief Minister Sheila Dixit. He also praised the initiative taken by organizations like Disney and PVR Nest and local bodies to make Delhi a better place to live in.
In the times of emergence of playstations and mobile phones, kids stick themselves inside their homes, putting their health at risk, so this initiative emphasized on the fading concept of outdoor play and how crucial it is for all of us to have 'healthy surroundings’ for the prosperity of the society.
This was put very well into practice with employees of Disney taking up to restore the park and engaging PVR Nest children in various other art and craft activities throughout the year. The highlight of the day was an entertaining theatre performance by Jazba - a group of theatre & art who in a form of Nukkad Katak, including musicals, conveyed their message of importance of local parks.
Ms Deepa Menon, VP- CSR and Corporate Communication, PVR Ltd said, “In today’s era, life has become so fast tracked, and it has increased the importance of leisure time and recreation, which we can get in a park. During such times, the initiative of redeveloping a park by Disney VoluntEARS and PVR Nest’s children is commendable. Though we are culminating the event, we would like to continue with our involvement for a sustainable development in furtherance to our continued commitment towards creating innovative and sustainable social programs through people and partnerships.”
The initiative was commenced in November 2011 with Disney undertaking the park's redevelopment through its employees engagement program and PVR Nest supported the program through interaction with various stakeholders. The whole park would be handed over to the local stakeholders like Residential Welfare Associations, Central Public Works Department and local residences.
Also, present in the event were the officers from CPWD, RWAs and Mrs. Shampa Chaudhary, Vice Principal, Little Ones Public School, Saket who delivered speech on the importance of environment and reclaiming of public spaces.