[ecis2016.org] In a bid to increase greenery in the national capital and reduce pollution, Delhi’s environment minister has asked the Delhi Development Authority to evolve a plan to develop greenery on either side of the Yamuna river bank
Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain, on January 8, 2018, wrote to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) vice-chairman Udai Pratap Singh, seeking a proposal from the authority to develop ‘greenery’ on either side of the 23-km-long ‘O’ zone Yamuna river bank. Hussain said plantation along the river’s banks, will not only improve Delhi’s green cover, but will also help in soil conservation and prevent encroachment.
The Yamuna riverfront falls under the specially-designated zone ‘O’, for having special characteristics and ecological significance. The zone ‘O’ is conceived in Delhi’s master plan, to set the strategies for rejuvenation of river Yamuna. According to Hussain, the zone ‘O’ is nearly 23 kilometres long on each side of the Yamuna and is under the control and supervision of the DDA.
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Hussain said in the letter that the DDA has been approached several times, to make the sites on the ‘O’ zone available to the government, for carrying out tree plantation. “I would, therefore, request you to kindly intervene and issue necessary directions to the officers concerned, to forward a proposal to this government, in the interest of promotion of greenery in Delhi,” he told the DDA vice-chairman.
He said increasing the green cover in Delhi was essential, to effectively tackle the menace of rising air pollution. Planting trees along the banks would help neutralise the adverse effects of air pollution and they may also help in preventing soil erosion, Hussain said.
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