Delhi has tree wall to shield from dust storms

Amaltas, also known as the golden shower trees, seen in full bloom in New Delhi.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya:  National capital Territory of Delhi is to have a wall of nearly 31 lakh native trees encircling it soon to shield it from frequent dust storms coming from Rajasthan enveloping and choking it. Senior official of the Union Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change told PTI-Bhasha that various agencies of the Union and Delhi governments have already begun the work of planting nearly 31 lakh saplings of various native species on its three sides to rid Delhi of the malady of frequent dust storms from its western neighbour.

Natural barrier is to come up all along Delhi border with Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, while also encompassing the Aravali and the Yamuna forests areas. Maximum number of tress would be planted by DDA, to be followed by the Forest Department (4.22 lakh), the three municipal corporation of Delhi (4 lakh), NDMC (3 lakh) and CPWD (35,000). After planting the saplings, all these agencies would also nurture them for two years after which an independent agency would conduct a “survival audit” of the tress to examine their survival rate and take further remedial actions.


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