Till recently the vacant land near Sector 19 in Dwarka, which was frequently used to dump garbage, was an eyesore for the passersby. But soon the place will be transformed into a colourful address for a variety of Bougainvillea.
The initiative of Horticulture Department of DDA, Dwarka, to turn this abandoned area into a scenic community space has already started showing results. According to the officials, 7,000 plants of various varieties of Bougainvillea have been planted and more will follow.
The garden presently has about 45 different species of woody climber. Some unique additions include species with more than one colour in the same plant. “This is probably the first Bougainvillea Garden in Delhi. We are happy that we were given an opportunity to develop something so unique in Dwarka,” said an official.
In the next phase, beautification and landscaping work would be done. The garden will also have walking tracks, sitting arrangements and decorative lighting for visitors.
Nature lovers welcomed the initiative, saying it will be a much needed reprieve in the days of rapid urbanisation. “I recently visited the place and loved the entire experience. Though the plants are small yet I could imagine how beautiful they will grow up to be if taken care of,” said Madhu Dagar from Crescent Apartments in Sector 18A.
PK Datta, an environment activist and resident of Nishat Apartments in Sector 19B, said that the garden would be an asset for the sub city. “It will not only add to the greenery and beauty but will also help the community learn about such plants. This is a wonderful effort.”