According to New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) data Delhi has lost more than 350 trees due to rain and storm in the past three years, As per the data more than eight lakh saplings were planted in NDMC region over a period of two years, in this, RTI reply to PTI’s query, that the resident and societies are also engaged in mass plantation programmes to increase green cover stated by civic body.
Species such as neem, peepal, pilkhan, jamun, arjun, khirni, and imli were planted in the NDMC area in 1911 by British architect Edwin Landseer. More than 354 trees have fallen in last three years due to heavy rain and storm. The NDMC’s horticulture department is regularly doing pruning to balance the trees. The NDMC said continuous efforts were being made to increase green cover in the region. As many as 8,38,675 tree saplings have been planted in NDMC area in last two years, these efforts include massive plantation drives, public participation and awareness programmes because of which at present there are 1.5 lakh threes in the NDMC area.
NDMC vice chairman Satish Upadhyay had said that the municipality would form a task force to monitor health of trees in Lutyens’ Delhi and ensure that roads were timely cleared whenever they were uprooted following a storm or rain.