Residents of Malibu Towne, an upscale township located in Sector 48 spread across 220 acres, painted the trees in their green belts with natural colours. The activity was taken up to sensitise people about the importance of protecting trees and conserving water in the area.
The initiative was supported by Uddan — ek mitha sapna, an NGO, and the residents of Malibu Towne. Residents will be seen painting trees on Sunday morning too.
The move comes after the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon appealed to all residents to save water as the region has been experiencing low groundwater table. The groundwater table in Gurgaon has been depleting at an alarming rate — 14.16 metres between 2005 and 2014.
The Central Groundwater Board had categorised Gurgaon as ‘over exploited’, following which the Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) banned groundwater extraction in the district.
Despite all this, the groundwater level continues to deteriorate. According to experts, the groundwater level depleted at an unexpected rate because natural water bodies were neglected.
“We thought of making it more effective by giving it a creative twist. People were excited and were willing to join so we started painting trees with lime colours (chune ke rang). This will protect trees from termites. We are also using this as a medium to write messages on water conservation and environment,” said Shikha Agarwal, a member of the NGO
As the area has a huge green belt, residents are planning to turn the entire area into a colourful space. On Saturday morning, children painted various patterns on the trees, including rainbows, water drops, water taps, jungle scene and birds.
“We are also planning to take it forward by adding dustbins and rural paintings. We want Malibu to be a role model society for Gurgaon,” said Sarika Bhatt, a member of the RWA.