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Green zone turns dead zone

The green belt area of the city is depleting every day. Divya Sethi reports.

india Updated: May 29, 2011 01:49 IST
Divya Sethi

The green belt area of the city is depleting every day. And now 7,500 trees and saplings at the biodiversity park on MG road are at the mercy of summer heat. For the last eight days the submersible pump has not been working and nobody has checked it.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda inaugurated the park in January this year, but barely five months on the park tells of sheer carelessness.

The park is spread over 576 acres and the authorities had announced that the park would have recreational facilities, such as outdoor restaurant, community centre and an amphitheatre.

But these facilities seem to be a distant dream. Even the saplings planted here in the last few months are drying as the submersible pump has malfunctioned. In this scorching heat the plants would die any time.

Nearly 7,500 saplings were planted, and only 2,500 are left. Some trees were also relocated here, but they won't survive, say environment experts.

Latika Thukral , founder of NGO ' I Am Gurgaon', who floated the idea of a biodiversity park along with the MCG, said the forest department was given a three-year contract to maintain the park.

"Since last month I have been telling the MCG that the saplings were dying. Now many people visit the park, and the department needs to take care of the area," said Thukral.

Subhash Yadav, regional manager, Haryana forest corporation, said, "The submersible pump has not been working for the last three days. We are managing with tankers, and we are expecting that things will improve in three days."

It is unclear whether tankers can cater the needs of plants spread over 576 acres. Environment experts say the plants have to be watered in an optimum way to survive.