Green neighbourhoods are more than just a treat to the eyes. Living in such localities not just fosters good health but stepping out of the house is also an occasion in itself.
Residents of Malibu Towne on Sohna Road, Sector 47, set out to spread the message of a “clean and green Malibu” on Saturday. Over 50 residents and their children took the initiative to save trees by painting their barks and adopting them.
It was a special morning for children who came armed with colours, brushes and aprons. Parents were no less excited to participate in the two-day programme.
Sarika Panda, a resident, said, “Malibu once used to be the greenest society in Gurgaon but it now has a different look as trees have been chopped off. This is a great initiative towards saving trees and planting more in the society so that we can go back to being the greenest society.”
With the support of an NGO “Udaan, Ek Meetha Sapna” and a residents’ organisation “Tangles Salon,” residents also spread the message of saving water and not throwing litter in the society.
Shikha Agarwal, another resident and a member of the NGO, said, “We have started the initiative as a weekend programme. We will continue spreading the same message in different blocks and lanes of the society. We decided to colour the barks of trees as this colour will act as a disinfectant and protect them from termites. This is why our colours are not too bright.”
Niharika and Noyonika Mavuri, who are sisters, chose to do the task together. They said that beginning with their family, they will spread the message to save trees and to stop throwing litter in the society. They added that the trees will look beautiful after being coloured and will be referred to as their trees.
Alka Dalal, another participant, said, “We are also planning to put more dustbins in the society so that people do not throw litter on the streets and green belts of the society.”
Some kids, like Reva Agarwal, Ishaan Dua and Ashi Jain, who could not complete the work on Saturday will come again on Sunday morning to finish their task.
The upscale Malibu Towne is spread over 200 acres of land and is one of the biggest condominiums of the city. With the efforts and enthusiasm of residents, it won’t be long before the society regains its green cover.