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Our breathing flyovers

delhi Updated: Jun 10, 2010 00:33 IST
Sidhartha Roy
Sidhartha Roy
Hindustan Times
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Tired of looking at dull, grey flyovers springing up all over the city? The Delhi government has devised a green solution to make the concrete leviathans easy on the eye.

The national capital will be rich by 70 flyovers of varying shapes and sizes by the time the Commonwealth Games start this October. Though this will help in smoothening traffic movement, it also means adding a lot of grey to the skyline.

That is why the Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) is enveloping flyovers with greenery - creepers, shrubs and potted plants.

The Moti Bagh flyover, on the Ring Road, is the first to get the green treatment. The pillars of the flyover have been covered with green coloured nets to support the creepers that now shroud them.

In the first phase, the PWD plans to take up 15 flyovers that are situated near the Games Village or venues. Other flyovers like the ones near Bhikaji Cama Place and Sarojini Nagar have been covered with similar nets but the creepers will take some time to grow.“The Moti Bagh flyover was our pilot project and other flyovers near Games venues will be taken up next,” said PWD Minister Rajkumar Chauhan.

“Once the Games are over, we will take up other PWD flyovers in the city.”

The minister added that the department plans to use plants to beautify not only the flyovers but streetscaping, too.

“This will be like a make up for the city before we host the sporting event.” He said: “Apart from creepers, which will cover the pillars completely, the corners of the area beneath the flyover will be decorated with potted plants. We are using expensive exotic plants for the purpose.”

“People appreciate natural beauty and the fact that it is being done for their city. We hope the exotic plants are not stolen or destroyed by anyone,” he said.

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