Twenty-four people died in the standoff this summer between police and three thousand squatters. The militant cult had occupied the park since 2014, where it was running its own illegal parallel government, barring entry to outsiders.
The police were eventually able to reclaim the park. But sadly, in addition to the loss of life, the clash desolated the area’s ecosystem. An estimated five thousand trees were destroyed in the conflict.
After much consideration, the new plan to reinvent the property as a community garden has been approved by the UP cabinet.
The 280-acre property is more than three times larger than the popular Lucknow park which it will be modeled on, and the cost of development is expected at fifteen crores. The plan includes a children’s park, indoor sporting activities, and fountains.