The horticulture wing of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will undertake the greening of 375 reserved public spaces during the winter season as part of its preparation for the upcoming G-20 summit.
A spokesperson for the MCD said that, in accordance with instructions received from the Lieutenant Governor’s office, an action plan has been formulated for the aesthetic improvement of 375 sites including major intersections, roundabouts, spaces under flyovers, vertical greens and recreational public spaces like parks in preparation for the upcoming G-20 summit.
“The horticulture department has started preparing flowerbeds at these places where they will plant exotic flowering plants that will add to the beauty of the city. These locations include 16 flyovers, 261 settlement parks, 27 market parks, 62 main road parks and nine roundabouts,” a senior MCD official said.
Some of the sites selected under the project include Nehru Square Flyover, Sarai Kale Khan Flyover, Lajpat Nagar Flyover, South Ext. flyover, Kalkaji flyover, Seelampur flyover, Gokulpuri flyover, Rani Jhansi flyover, Shalimar Park, Priyadarshini Park among other sites.
A horticulture department official said the company will mainly focus on exotic flowering plants such as Gazania, Verbana, Coreosis, Alyssum, Calendula, Aster, Antirrhinum, Nemesia, Petunia, Corn Flower, Dahlia, Pansy, Ice plant and Salvia.
Earlier in September, Saxena had given instructions to New Delhi City Council, MCD, Delhi Development Authority and PWD to undertake planting of flowering vegetable varieties in public areas. India will assume the G-20 presidency in December later this year. City officials say 190 meetings are likely to take place and 12,000 delegates are expected to visit the area during the presidency year.
The NDMC will also undertake a major horticulture upgrade with tenders for the purchase and maintenance of over 6 million flowering and ornamental plants. Among these greening projects, more than 1,064,329 Murraya Exotica or Orange Jasime plants will be planted as well as 1.8 million Hamelia patens or Fire Bush plants; 0.5 million Carissa Carandas or Karonda plants, 2,78,068 bougainvillea plants among several other species. The civic body has allocated a budget of Rs9.97 cr for the North zone and Rs11.14 cr for the South zone.
The list of 41 roads along which development works will be undertaken included Lodhi Road, Sardar Patel Road, Shahjahan Road, Janapath, Prithviraj Road, APJ Abdul Kalam Road, Africa Avenue, CP Roads, Malcha Marg, Vinay Marg, Ashoka Road, Barakhmba, Ferozshah (KG Marg at Windsor Place), Ferozshah (KG Marg at Mandi House), Tilak Marg, Pant Marg Rafi and Mother Teresa Crescent.