A day after the Environment Ministry decided to set a ‘war room’ in the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) premises to monitor the daily progress of efforts to reduce the air pollution in Delhi, the Delhi government led by the Aam Aadmi Party has decided to implement its own ‘Green Budget’ to curb dust pollution in the capital. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal convened a high-level meeting on Wednesday, attended by PWD Minister Satyender Jain, where experts and PWD officials tasked with the responsibility of dressing up and landscaping all roads with a width of over 100 feet. As part of its ‘Green Budget’ the Delhi government will beautify 500 km of road with greenery leading to Terminal T3 of the Delhi airport. The CM has given a deadline of one year to complete the task, according to a report by Hindustan Times.
Plants like Foxtail Palm, Washington Palm, Tabeuia Argentea, Casuarina Shrub, Chorisia Speciosa, Raphis Excesia, Ficus Panda will along with grass will be used to beautify the pavements and dividers. During the presentation in the high-level meeting, a case study of redeveloping Deen Dayal Upadhyay Road was presented where experts showed how to use grass and plants to landscape the space between dividers and both sides of the road. Officials suggested that planting trees would confine dust particles to fly as there would be less open space and the process would include designing, pedestrian lighting, surface touching, hardscaping and softscaping. The project will be handled by an agency and tenders will be floated soon with a provision for maintenance from two to five years of the roads beautified will be included in the contract.
The Environment Ministry in the meeting held on Tuesday observed that 131 tonnes of dust were being emitted in Delhi every day. The ministry was reviewing preparations ahead of a two-week-long ‘Clean Air Campaign’ when Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan emphasised that there should be no laxity by officials in enforcing the rules.