With the development works in progress, the much-awaited demand of increasing the green cover in the area seems to be getting fulfilled.
The residents of BPTP Park Serene, a residential society in sector 37 D, Gurugram can heave a sigh of relief. The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has finally paid some attention to the residents' requests and initiated the development of a green belt in front of their society.
According to the GMDA horticulture department official, the authority has erected the barbed wire fence along the 500 meters long and 12-meter wide stretch. More than 300 saplings have been planted in the first phase.
"We will do the work in a phase-wise manner and will continue to develop the green belt in the area," said a GMDA official.
The much-awaited demand of increasing the green cover in the area seems to be getting fulfilled, as the residents have repeatedly complained about absence of plants in the vicinity.
Vaibhav Tyagi, one of the residents of the society said, "We have constantly raised the issue with the authorities about the lack of green cover in the area. Finally, the authority has paid some heed to it and have started working on it. However, much more needs to be done to increase the green cover in the sector."
The green belt till now was in dilapidated condition due to continuous flushing of STP water in the green belt area. The green belt was marred with dirty water and had become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which caused a lot of inconvenience to the residents.
"When we requested the GMDA to develop the green belt, they agreed to our demands, but they were reluctant to repair the damaged part of the belt. Therefore, the residents' decided to collect a voluntary fund to repair the damaged portion. As we wanted the authority to work and not leave the work they intend to start on the patch of land." Tyagi said.
The residents informed that earlier with the intervention of PWD Minister, Narbir Singh, the forest department also conducted the plantation in the vicinity.
Not only the civic authority but residents are also doing their bit to increase the green cover in the area.
Nakul Gupta, an environment enthusiast said, "This is a positive development. Newly developed sectors need more attention from authority. We started the social media group, 'Go Green,' for our area earlier this year. We are working towards increasing the green cover in the vicinity, and so far we have conducted several drives in the sector. Now, the authority should focus on resolving the issue of accessibility of STP water for the purpose of watering the plants in the green belt."