RWAs game for government’s green scheme
The Commonwealth Games had brought massive infrastructure growth in the capital, sometimes at the cost of green cover. But the sporting extravaganza, officials claim, has also spurred residents into being more "green conscious."delhi Updated: Oct 09, 2012 01:13 IST
The Commonwealth Games had brought massive infrastructure growth in the capital, sometimes at the cost of green cover. But the sporting extravaganza, officials claim, has also spurred residents into being more "green conscious."
While only 40 Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) approached Delhi government's Parks and Gardens Society to obtain financial grants for planting and collecting saplings in 2009-10, the number went up in the run-up and during the Games year (2010-11 and 2011-12) to 220.
Society's Chief Executive Officer SD Singh said, "A massive green drive in the city for the Games meant greater awareness and our scheme to provide grants and saplings caught on with people. In this financial year, we have already extended grants and plants to 70 RWAs."These are the RWAs that want to plant and maintain green on their own. In other areas —Delhi has about 3,000 RWAs —civic and land-owning agencies continue to do the job their way.
There are about 2,000 eco clubs in the Capital. But they only seek plants from the government.
Set up in 2008 for coordination among various agencies dealing with green cover outside forest area in Delhi, the Parks and Gardens Society has so far provided funds and saplings to 320 RWAs looking after 1,800 parks spread in 400 acres of land.
"We intend to ensure 20-25 tress, 300-400 shrubs and hedge plants in an area of one acre. Colonies who have benefited the most from the scheme are: Golf Link, Jor Bagh, Mayur Vihar, CR Park, Rohini, Vasundhara and Narayana Vihar," he said.
"In the last three financial years, we got R6 crore from the government out of which we spent R4.5 crore. This financial year, we have got R2 crore and we hope to spend the entire sum," he said.
"MCDs are as it is doing major pruning, grass cutting, besides civil and electrical works. Our mandate is coordination but when we get complaints that MCDs are not doing their jobs properly, we intervene and get them going," he said.