In order to curb environment pollution level in Noida, the authority has planned to create ‘Dust free zones’ alongside city roads by planting grass and shrubs. According to a senior official, a total of 315 km stretch has been identified along both the sides of the roads in various sectors, wherein the authority targeting to get work done on 70 km by October 2.
Official said that a project report has already been prepared in this context under which Sectors 35, 50, 55, 57, 59, 60, 67-71, 74, 76-78, 82, 93, 93B, 115, 120, 122, 123, 137, 140 have been included in the first phase of work. Of which work on a 4.5-km road stretch in Sector 82, has already been completed.
Giving more information on the complete plan, Noida Authority General Manager Rajeev Tyagi said, “The aim is to get a green cover done before Gandhi Jayanti. We are already witnessing the impact of climate change across the world. This is of utmost importance for us if we have to take care of the earth. We have to do this for our future generations, leave them with an earth devoid of pollution.”
He further said that presently, Noida Authority’s major focus is on green initiatives under which that city has recently witnessed a massive afforestation drive including plantation of over one lakh saplings and trees in a single day on Independence Day.
Tyagi also said that we are aspiring Noida to become the ‘Smartest City’ so that we can change the perception of people which today are plagued with pollution, smog and health issues.
Apart from planting shrubs, the authority has also planned to set up vertical gardens with a dwarf and special plant species under elevated roads and metro rail corridors in the city.