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NGOs, MNCs join hands to enhance green cover

india Updated: Jun 06, 2012 01:31 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

The MCG’s green efforts got a leg up after a few multinational companies and civil society organisations pledged their support with men and materials. According to Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) officials, these organisaitons will concentrate their energies to enhance the green cover at the Biodiversity Park in DLF Phase 3.

Groups such as Uthan, ‘I am Gurgaon’ and beverages major Coca-Cola are the organisations that have come forward to help. NGO Haryali has also pledged its support. MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal on Monday announced the opening of a seed nursery in the Biodiversity Park to mark the World Environment Day.

It will be the first such nursery, in which 100 varieties of seeds will be sown. The seeds have the maximum survival rate in the Aravali range.

The nursery will be developed and maintained by the NGO — I am Gurgaon. “We have nearly 45 varieties of seeds and are working to get 100 varieties,” said Latika Thukral, director, I am Gurgaon.

Administrator Praveen Kumar along with officials from NGOs and MNCs were also present. Rajpal also emphasised on developing greenery in the park spread over 570 acres.

“We want to develop the Biodiversity Park similar to one developed by CR Babu in Vasant Vihar in Delhi,” said Praveen Kumar, Huda administrator.

The municipal corporation officials claim that the civic body has planted about 25,000 saplings in the past two and a-half-years and they have survived the rains.

But the ground reality tells a different tale as most of the plants have died in the absence of proper maintenance by the MCG, which claims to have fenced the park nearly 2km from the DLF side.

“Our work is underway. More fence will be erected shortly,” said a senior MCG official.