CM meets LG to revive green Delhi project
The Delhi government will make another attempt at increasing the city's green cover, a year after a similar initiative fizzled out after being launched with much fanfare.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made the announcement on Wednesday, following a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.
Environment Minister Imran Hussain separately met officials of the Public Works Department and Delhi Metro to chalk out details of the project.
"Had a good meeting with Hon'ble LG. 3 decisions - restart work of greening and landscaping PWD roads, paint all zebra and footpaths, redesign some roads," Kejriwal tweeted.
In his meeting, Hussain discussed ways and means to increase green cover on open pavements, central verges, flyovers and spaces below elevated Metro tracks, and directed the officials to prepare an action plan in a week.
"Hussain also asked the departments to ensure that not only plantation of shrubs and creepers takes place, but such plantation is also watered on regular basis so that plants do not wilt and dry up," an official statement said.
In April last, Kejriwal had launched the 'Greening Delhi' initiative aimed at tackling dust, a major source of air pollution in Delhi which is major caused by vehicles.
Kejriwal had set October, 2016 as a tentative deadline. However, the work never really took off.