New Delhi: Keeping in view the beautification of the New Delhi area and hosting the G20 Summit, the Horticulture Department of NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) has started planting tulip flower buds.
Satish Upadhyay, Vice Chairman of NDMC told CitySpidey, “India will host the G20 Leaders Summit for the first time in the country in 2023. A nation deeply committed to democracy and multilateralism, India’s G20 Presidency would be a watershed moment in her history as it seeks to play an important role by finding pragmatic global solutions for the wellbeing of all, and in doing so, manifest the true spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or the ‘World is One Family’.
He said that tremendous preparations are going on across the country for the G20 Summit. In such a situation, work is being done day and night by all the concerned departments of NDMC under which various works in the Lutyens Zone to host the G20 are going on. He said that the Horticulture Department has been engaged in decorating the entire New Delhi area with colorful tulip flowers.
Upadhyay said that there is such a challenge for us with tulip buds that it requires 15 days of chilling temperature minimum 5 degrees temperature to break the dormant and germinate it. In view of this challenge, NDMC bought pre-treated and pre-programmed flowers which are easily avoided in irregular conditions.
He further said that while 62,800 buds of tulip flower were planted last year, this year their number has been increased to 1 lakh 26 thousand in which tulips of yellow, white, orange, purple, blue, pink and red colors are being plant. He said that if needed, the number of tulip flowers can be increased even more.
In view of the G20, apart from tulips, other flower varieties are also includes viz Pitunia, Salvia, Senaneria, Dimafortica, Antirinum, Papi, Verbina, Dianathus Holyhok, Nasturitium, Byla, Kelumdla, Deci, Metrokeria, Coriopsis, Lineum, etc.
He informed that the NDMC’s Horticulture Department is working on the concept of “NDMC Age City of Flowers” to enhance the beautification of the New Delhi area and apart from this, “Flower Festival” and “Tulip Festival” will also be organized in Central Park.
Apart from this, selfie points will be set up in all areas comes under its jurisdiction which includes various places like Connaught Place, Ranjit Singh Bridge, Barakhamba Road, Talkatora Garden, 11 Idols, Mandi House Goal, RML Goal, Windsor Place Goal C Hexagon, Sunheri Bagh Round, Tilak Marg etc.
Upadhyay said that earlier these flowers were seen only in Rashtrapati Bhavan and now they are being planted in the public areas of NDMC. He said the NDMC is the first civic body in India to plant such precious flowers. No other civic body has put them in the public domain.
He added the NDMC is a role model for other municipalities and is recognised for its greenery, which not only creates an island of soothing effect but also takes care of heat-effects and air and dust pollution to some extent. The response to these precious flowers is excellent from every walk of life. Seeing these beautiful flowers not only gives us a positive mindset but also brings happiness while passing from there.