In a bid to save the green cover of the area, the residents of Palam Vihar in Gurgaon on Friday started a campaign called ‘Palam Vihar: My Pride.’ The campaign aims to protect all vacant plots in the area, which are meant for green spaces, from being encroached upon.
To start with, the residents planted nearly 100 saplings in the open green space along a natural drain flowing through the colony.
Resident and social activist, Bela Shelat, had called the meeting to unite the residents for the cause. About a month ago, Bela had moved the local court against the developer for selling an open green space to a school.
Speaking to City Spidey, Bela said, “There was a green space near my house when we first came to live here about 4 or 5 years ago. In June this year, however, construction work started on a green patch along the natural drain. We had contacted town planning department and the developer on the issue but failed. Now, we have filed a case in the local court. I seriously feel that the residents need to stand united to save open spaces as promised by the developer in the original layout plan.”
Supporting the movement, Rashmi Agarwal, a resident, said, “It is a great initiative. If we don’t do anything now soon we will be left with no green space in our colony. Our green spaces are constantly under the threat of encroachments by real estate developers and land mafia. We need to do everything we can to save the vacant green and open spaces left.”