By the time the evening is going to descend on Delhi this February 22, 2022, Barakhamba Road road near Connaught Place would be all decked up to welcome the spring season. On the morning of the day, feverish horticultural activity was on at the central verge of the road to create a series of flower beds. These flower beds are being set up within temporary wooden columns on the entire stretch of the road by the horticulture department of the NDMC as a pilot project.
“These particular set of plants we are setting up now will last through the spring season and will continue to flower. We plan to change these with other seasonal plants after three to four months. If this project is successful we plan to replicate it all over the city where we have a broad central verge as we have it here on the Barakhamba Raod,” says an NDMC official in charge of the ongoing work.
Siddharath Awasthi (37) an office goer with his office on one of the Barakhamba road high rise buildings says, “It is a very pleasant sight to see these real flowers with all these concrete structures all around. I hope they maintain it well and this thing is done in other parts of the city as well.”
Says Subhash Tyagi (42), another CP office goer, “The Delhi administration has also carried a similar vertical garden concept on several stretches of Delhi (Dhaula Kuan stretch of the Ring Road for example) but that is very costly to implement and maintain. But the Barakhamba pilot project looks a much better idea on these counts.”