noida Development Authority
NOIDA: In a bid to increase the green cover in the city, the Noida Authority has launched a massive plantation drive. The drive aims at enhancing the city's green cover by 476 acres, and it has set a target of planting 3.35 lakh saplings this year alone, officials said.
On Wednesday, V K Pawar, additional CEO, himself supervised the plantation of nearly 1,000 saplings across a 7.6-acre park in Sector 65A. "Our target is to plant 75,000 long life trees, including neem, jamun, arjun, etc. About 2.60 lakh varieties of ornamental and flowering bushes like bougainvillea, champa, chameli and chandni will also be planted across the city," he added.
He added: "The plan is to plant more saplings on the roadsides and in the already existing green belt areas in the city. We also propose to create new parks in various sectors."
Out of 476 acres, 242 acres will be designated as parks and 234 acres as green belts. A 190-km stretch of roadside greenery has also been planned.