Noida Dialogue

An initiative of Democratic Outreach for Social Transformation, DOST

Noida’s entry points to get a green makeover

July 17, 2019

NOIDA: Noida is set for a botanical transformation to create a greener and more pleasant environment. The city is certainly not short of pollution and the busy road traffic leaves much to be desired in terms of ambience. To see a little loveliness, the Noida Authority has decided to increase plantations, especially around the entry points of the city. Additionally, Noida residents will be soon be able to enjoy theme-based parks across the city.

Taking a tough stance on horticulture staff, the Authority will install 20 biometric machines to record their attendance. Additionally, contractors will be blacklisted if not found completing work on time. Officials said that monsoon is crucial for achieving plantation targets.

The Authority has to plant around five lakh saplings through the year, and the CEO has asked officials to seek help of residents to further increase the targets.

Over two lakh saplings will be planted by August. The plans regarding increasing greenery in the city were discussed during a meeting chaired by Ritu Maheshwari, the Authority’s new CEO.

“We want to bring a dash of freshness in the city. We also have to tackling issues like air pollution and preserve groundwater. I have asked the department to survey parks and develop them based on themes like reusing waste material and saving water. For most of the work, the deadline is three months from now,” Maheshwari told TOI.

Sanitation and repair work have to be completed within three months around all green belts, dividers, footpaths and other public areas. More metro pillars will also be taken up for vertical gardens and theme-based paintings and murals. Meanwhile, the Biodiversity Park in Sector 91 has to be ready by March 2020 while the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park has to be made open for public by January 2020. “There are over 800 parks and we hope that all of them will have the rainwater harvesting system and composting by the year end,” said Maheshwari.

The CEO said that all potholes across the city would be repaired by end of July, and plastic waste will be used for it.


Source : The Times of India