The Delhi Parks and Garden Society (DPGS) on Monday said that about 100 road points, such as those on NH 24 and in Dhaula Kuan, in the Capital have been taken up for landscaping and greenery.
The DPGS is coordinating with various land-owning agencies such as the Public Works Department (PWD) to ensure greenery on roadsides, central verges and roundabouts.
SD Singh, chief executive officer of the DPGS, said, “We have beautified the ITO crossing. The model is being replicated at 100-odd other locations.”
“Availability of water is an issue. We plan to ensure watering through sprinklers. The idea is to use water treated in sewage treatment plants,” he said.
He said area-specific species will be planted. “We will plant smaller ones on central verges. There will be spaces for people to cross over at every 100 meter so that these plants are not crushed by pedestrians,” he said.
“We're going for ecologically suitable species. At sites where not much water is available, we're planting plants such as Bougainvillea and Kaner. Similarly, under flyovers, we're going for shade-tolerant plants like Syngonium,” he said.
“If you drive down the city roads you can easily find blank patches caused by drying up of roadside and central verge plants. If maintained, these contribute to the aesthetic appeal. The beautification project has been started on the chief minister's directive,” a senior government official said.
Meanwhile, CR Babu, a member of the Delhi tree authority, has proposed special species of plants for plantation along roads. The authority, set up in 2007 for the protection of trees, has also decided to phase out most of the current roadside plants in the Capital with new species.
“Trees should be good for the environment and they must have good aesthetics. I have prepared a list of plants. The authority will in turn circulate the same among various land-owning agencies for plantation,” he said.