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Rs 2 crore project for theme painting, vertical gardening on Metro pillars launched

The project was started by the GDA at Meerut crossing on Tuesday and will soon cover 120 pillars of the Metro and Hindon elevated road.

noida Updated: Aug 30, 2018 03:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Noida
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Nearly half a dozen pillars of the Hindon elevated road have already been painted near the Hindon stretch adjacent to GT Road.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) has decided to install vertical gardens on and also paint by theme 120 pillars of the Metro and Hindon elevated road. Authority officials said that the project is pegged at Rs 2 crore.

The project was started by the GDA at Meerut crossing on Tuesday and will soon cover 120 pillars of the Metro and Hindon elevated road. Nearly half a dozen pillars of the Hindon elevated road have already been painted near the Hindon stretch adjacent to GT Road.

“Vertical gardens will be installed on the pillars. We estimate that 120 pillars of the Metro and Hindon elevated road will be painted,” Ritu Maheshwari, vice-chairperson of the authority, said.

Officials said that hanging baskets had been installed at several places in the city but were stolen overnight. They added that they are identifying places where the vertical gardening will be safe and will add to the environment.

Vertical gardening is a concept wherein different variety of plants, useful in lowering carbon emissions and also known to act as sound barriers, are planted in batches and installed on pillars, roadsides and flyover stretches.

Officials said that high pollution levels and regular watering of plants will be issues worth considering while selecting places for vertical gardens in Ghaziabad.

“That is why we will be giving the maintenance of vertical gardens to an agency, as it is costly and prone to theft,” she added.

For the paintings, officials have decided upon three themes — environment, folk dance forms and spiritual figures.

“We are laying emphasis on painting for beautification. We are also targeting wall paintings in government offices, including the SSP office, the public works department guest house, the GDA headquarters, flyovers and roundabouts. We have already completed wall painting at several flyovers, district headquarters as well as the SSP office,” Maheshwari added.

Earlier, wall paintings had been done by Ghaziabad agencies on both sides of the crash barrier wall of the 10.3km stretch of the Hindon elevated road.

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 03:50 IST