Dwarka has reason to cheer... DDA has taken up renovation of parks that are under its jurisdiction. Some parks will be facilitated with more greenery, rain shelters, slides, lights, while a few others will be turned into themed parks.
The abandoned park in Sector 3 has been picked up for the initiative. Commenting on the development, JC Malhotra, a senior citizen from Welcome CGHS in the sector, said, “We requested the DDA for rain shelters, and also grass on the ground, as the whole place looked completely barren. I am happy that the DDA has paid heed to our longstanding requests.”
According to sources, a herbal park would be developed in Sector 19 and a rose park in Sector 22. A bougainvillea park is being developed in Sector 11.
DDA has under its jurisdiction 94 parks that are above three acres, and these are more likely to be developed as theme parks. “The bigger parks and district parks would be taken for the theme-based planting initiatives. Plans are afoot, and at some places, the groundwork has started,” said an official on condition of anonymity.
Also, the area near the STP in Sector 5 is being developed as a forest area. According to DDA officials, planting activities are already on there. Deputy Director Horticulture, DDA, Dwarka, Jameel Ahmad said to City Spidey, “The forest area would be a first in Dwarka. There would be facilities like a walking tracks, benches and lights along the track. People could use the area for a walk and feel in sync with nature.”
RWAs of the area have expressed happiness at the initiative, but want a more holistic approach to development.
Vice-president of Dwarka Forum and a resident of Sector 8, AS Chhatwal, said, “This is great news that DDA has started planting saplings in the rainy season. They should also look at the parks in Sector 8. But just planting saplings is not enough, there should be follow up after that — it should be a rounded approach.”