Delhi L-G says local bodies should take initiatives on priority basis to combat pollution

Baijal made the remarks after inaugurating a high-tech nursery at the Lodhi Gardens in the heart of the city.

Published: 20th June 2018 12:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2018 12:33 AM   |  A+A-

delhi pollution

The deteriorating air quality in the national capital is a matter of serious concern (File Photo)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The deteriorating air quality in the national capital is a matter of serious concern and local bodies should take initiatives on a "priority basis" to combat pollution with sustained efforts to enhance green belt here, Lt Governor Anil Baijal said today.

Baijal made the remarks after inaugurating a high-tech nursery at the Lodhi Gardens in the heart of the city.

"The deteriorating condition of air quality in the capital city is a matter of serious concern and local bodies should take initiatives on a priority basis to combat pollution with sustained efforts to enhance the green belt of Delhi, which might be one of the best ways in this regard," Baijal was quoted as saying in a statement by the NDMC.

Over 80-year-old Lodhi Gardens which falls under the jurisdiction of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is a horticultural delight.

"Delhi is globally known as a garden city and famous for its green paradise. In order to improve its green cover, people from all walks of life should come forward for planting saplings of trees in the forthcoming monsoon season as a mission," he said.

The Lt Governor also performed few yoga protocols and appealed to people to adopt yoga in their lifestyle, the statement said.

NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar said that the civic body has developed three such hi-tech nurseries in its area with the objective to regulate availability of high-quality first-generation hybrid seedlings, and hi-end plants, by overcoming natural weather conditions.

The purpose also is to reduce dependency on other cities to get high-quality seedling at appropriate time for optimum results, he said.

In recent times, the NDMC has taken several innovative projects to improve the city's landscape such as vertical gardens on spaces like metro flyover pillars, building walls, he added.

Described as the 'best urban oasis in Asia, city's iconic Lodhi Garden is home to historic tombs and some of the most exotic plants and bird species.

Nestled in the heart of Delhi, bordering the posh Lodhi Estate and upscale Khan Market, it was opened on April 9, 1936 as 'The Lady Willingdon Park' named after the then Vicerine of India.

Covering an area of 90 acres, this garden was laid out after shifting what was then the village of Khairpur, on the outskirts of New Delhi.

Stay up to date on all the latest Delhi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp