Census shows Mayur Vihar among greenest colonies

Delhi government’s Parks and Garden Society has completed the tree census of more than 100 colonies. The department has also asked the three municipal corporations to submit the report of tree census on their land.

Chief Executive Officer of Delhi Parks and Garden Society Dr S D Singh told Deccan Herald that the census is being conducted with the help of Resident Welfare Associations of Delhi who are in partnership with Delhi government.

So far, the society has covered some 121 colonies in tree census and rest are in progress. The total number of trees in these colonies is about 20,222. Colonies in Mayur Vihar, Shalimar Bagh, Saraswati Vihar, Sunder Apartments and Vasant Kunj top the chart with about 500 trees each colony. With only 10 trees in the area, Ibrahimpur colony has the lowest number of trees. 

In non-residential areas, the maximum number of trees has been recorded in Dhaula Kuan and Khar Khari with 796 and 1693 trees respectively.

“We have provided containers of white paint, painting brushes and other logistics to the RWAs for this. We had launched the scheme about one-and-a-half years back and now we are witnessing the results. This is a true government-public partnership,” he said.According to the government, every plant with a stem diameter of at least two inches will be counted as a tree. 

There are more than 18,000 parks and gardens in Delhi where the census in being conducted.

“Our aim is to cover each and every tree of Delhi. This will help saving trees and give a fair idea about the environment of Delhi. In future, if anyone wants to check the situation of green cover, it can be compared with the census,” Singh said.

 “We have uploaded the colony-wise detailed information of tree census with the type and condition of trees on our website so that conversation of trees can be done on micro-level also,” he added.

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