New Delhi: Delhi is among one of the greenest cities in the world and with an aim to green cover around 33% of the city, Delhi government proposed to plant one million saplings in different parts of the city. Delhi government along with the environment department is planning to tie up with schools, residents’ welfare associations and various Ngo’s for the plantation and the maintenance of the saplings. The project will start from July 23rd, 2011 and as of now 600 RWAs and 300 schools have volunteered to stand with this project.
Project is an annual routine and more than 6 lakh saplings have already been planted in this way. Delhi government stated that this year the government wants to rope in public support and various NGOs, RWAs, parks and garden societies, and schoolchildren along with MCD, PWD and NDMC will work hand in hand to achieve the goal.
Seven lakh saplings have been prepared by the forest department for the drive and some three lakh saplings will be supplied by various parks and garden societies from different parts of the city. Lands in various parts of the city including Salimgarh, Delhi University, Jamia Nagar, Tughlaqabad, Jaunapur, Sahurpur, Bhati Mines, Asola and the Delhi-Noida border have been given by the revenue department for the plantation. A Delhi government official saif that . “The plantation will take place in patches, along roads and in parks. We are hoping for at least a 70% survival rate of the plants. Depending on their growth, we might declare some patches ‘city forests’ in a few years”.
In the coming week, the government is organizing a special Bhagidari meeting to discuss about the plantations and the body is expecting more contribution from RWAs and the government is planning to finish this by the end of September.
Delhi is among one of the greenest cities in the world and it covers around 20% of the city. Various environmentalists along with citizens are of the view that Delhi greenery is slowly reducing because the government is not taking adequate care.
According to Vinod Jain, director, NGO Tapas, Delhi government is planting more and more trees but what about the already existing ones? Most of the trees are slowly dying due to lack of proper care and lack of watering. He also raised a question that how is Delhi government planning to water all these trees?