NDMC to give green lessons
You have always appreciated the urban landscape and the ageing yet beautiful trees in the NDMC area. Now, there’s a chance to learn a trade secret or two from the very people who maintain the green vistas.
The civic body’s rich green reserves of tree and plants cover 1,250 acres with approximately 95,000 trees.
Its repertory includes Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park and Talkatora Garden, around 50 roundabouts, greens around Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament House not to mention avenue trees and green strips along the 137 roads and lanes in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) jurisdiction.
The 'School of Gardening' would start from next month, almost a year after it was first announced. Although no date has been fixed yet, the school is likely start from third week of February.
For starters, the courses — one or two weeklong certificate course — would be held for the civic body's own gardeners and horticulture department staff. Members of the public too would be allowed to participate in the courses but at a later time.
"The theoretical classes would be held at a room at the NDMC's Purana Qila
Nursery while for practical course, the candidates would be taken to actual sites, for instance, they would be taken to Herbal Garden for studying medicinal plants," said Subhash Chandra, NDMC director (horticulture).
To start with, the civic body plans to create a pool of resource persons by drawing faculty members from nationally acclaimed academic institutions such as Indian Agriculture Research Institute and Forest Research Institute and also from government agencies like Central Public Works Department apart from NGOs.
The accused, Ashu, a resident of Panipat’s Nara village, killed the victims, reportedly his friends, between 8pm and 4am and travelled around 60km from the first crime scene in Matlauda of Panipat to Titawi in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli. The victims are Sonu, 26, who was working with a private contractor in a cement factory, and his two friends -- Monu, 25, of Nara village and Rakesh, 27, of Bhalsi village.
The Delhi government introduced the Happiness curriculum in 2018, Entrepreneurship mindset curriculum in 2019 and the Deshbhakti curriculum last year with the aim of inculcating problem-solving approaches among students and making them more self-aware, self-confident and socially responsible.
While the LG appreciated the work done at Indraprastha and Pul Prahladpur, he was displeased at the drainage system at Minto Bridge, flagging “technical flaws” in the drainage system and warned that engineers concerned “will be held responsible and strict action will be taken in the event of waterlogging at the site.”
BJP leader Sudhir Mungantiwar said the MLAs were informed about the election process for upcoming election for Speaker’s post. “They were told that the election will be held through a voice vote or they may have to stand up to vote for their candidate if asked,” said Mungantiwar.
The weather department classifies rainfall between ‘trace’ and 2.4 mm as ‘very light rainfall’, as ‘light rainfall’ when it is between 2.5 mm and 15.5 mm, as ‘moderate’ rainfall when it is between 15.6 mm and 64.4 mm and as ‘heavy’ when it is over 64.5 mm in a single day.