De­velop green cover along Ya­muna, Hus­sain tells DDA

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NEW DELHI: Delhi En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Im­ran Hus­sain on Mon­day wrote to DDA Vice Chair­man Udai Pratap Singh, seek­ing a pro­posal from the au­thor­ity to de­velop ‘green­ery' on ei­ther side of the 23-kilo­me­tre-long Ya­muna river bank. Hus­sain said plan­ta­tion along the river's banks will not only im­prove Delhi's green cover but will also help in soil con­ser­va­tion and pre­vent en­croach­ment.

The Ya­muna river­front falls un­der the spe­cially- des­ig­nated as zone 'O', for hav­ing spe­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics and eco­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. The zone 'O' is con­ceived to set the strate­gies for re­ju­ve­na­tion of river Ya­muna. Ac­cord­ing to Hus­sain, the zone 'O' is nearly 23 kilo­me­tres long on each side of the Ya­muna and is un­der the con­trol and su­per­vi­sion of the Delhi De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

Hus­sain said in the let­ter that the DDA has been ap­proached sev­eral times to make the sites on the 'O' zone avail­able to the govern­ment for car­ry­ing out tree plan­ta­tion. "I would, there­fore, re­quest you to kindly in­ter­vene and is­sue nec­es­sary di­rec­tions to the of­fi­cers con­cerned to for­ward a pro­posal to this govern­ment in the in­ter­est of pro­mo­tion of green­ery in Delhi," he told the DDA vice chair­man. He said in­creas­ing the green cover in Delhi was es­sen­tial to ef­fec­tively tackle the men­ace of ris­ing air pol­lu­tion. Plant­ing trees along the banks would help neu­tralise the ad­verse ef­fects of the air pol­lu­tion and they may also help in pre­vent­ing soil ero­sion, Hus­sain said.

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