Ghaziabad: GDA reclaims green belt, starts building jogging tracks
The GDA removed encroachments from the 4km green belt and started development work on itnoida Updated: Jun 20, 2017 23:26 IST
The Ghaziabad development authority has reclaimed a major 4km green belt stretching from Raj Nagar Extension Crossing to Vivekanand Nagar and started development work on it.
The officials said the green belt will now be converted to a jogging track and landscaped for residents.
In a major anti-encroachment drive carried out last week, the officials removed permanent constructions, diesel generator sets, fencing, rooms and other constructions on the green belt. These have been in place for years and occupied by residents.
“It was a tough task to get these removed. Now, the green belt is freed up, we are developing a jogging track which will run on both sides of the major road that connects Kavi Nagar, Raj Nagar and other residential localities in a circle. Both sides of the road have a total of 16km area, which will be developed at a cost of Rs1 crore,” said SP Sisodia, who in charge of the authority’s horticulture section.
The first phase of the jogging track and landscaping has started with the authority build a fence. Work is expected to be completed by August. The second phase will get over by September.
“The other encroachments will soon be removed. To lay the jogging track, we have levelled and structured the soil and there will be no concretized construction. Non-cemented pathways will also be prepared. Trees such as Jamun, Arjun and Gulmohar will also be planted on the roadside. Plant nurseries running on the green belt will be shifted back,” he added.
Green activists who moved the National Green Tribunal to preserve and freeing of 28 major green belts in the city welcomed the move.
“The idea of preparing non-concretized pathways and jogging track for residents is surely a step which will help recharge of groundwater during monsoon. We will hold discussions with the authority to get other green belts freed up from encroachment and clutter. These should also be preserved and developed on similar lines,” said Akash Vashistha, the petitioner.