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262 pillars of flyovers covered in vertical garden in Delhi

According to a reply given by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to the Parliamentary Standing Committee, 262 pillars of flyovers/over-bridges have been covered with vertical gardens in NCT of Delhi. Further, greening of spaces below flyovers at 38 places has been done in NCT of Delhi.

The Committee in its earlier report on ‘Air Pollution in Delhi and National Capital Region’ had commended the efforts of Delhi Metro Railway Corporation for covering eight metro pillars in Delhi  with evergreen plants that remain green throughout the year and thus setting a new trend in the capital in increasing its green coverage by giving the pillars the look of vertical gardens.

“Delhi Metro has a wide network in Delhi and vertical gardens on metro pillars is a unique idea. The Committee, therefore, recommends that the concerned agencies should explore the possibility of erecting such vertical gardens on metro pillars, flyovers and other strategic structures, which would not only beautify these structures but also can be a good medium of increasing the green cover of Delhi. In light of the existing environmental crisis in Delhi, these vertical gardens could be one step forward in helping the citizens of Delhi to breathe a little easy since these vertical gardens serve the dual purpose of improving air quality by trapping dust and pollutants and absorbing heat from the surroundings to provide a cooling effect,” the Committee had reacted in its report.

Depletion of forests is one of the main causes of air pollution in the country. Delhi and its surrounding areas are not so green now as they used to be earlier. There was a thick green belt around Delhi but the same has gradually receded which has impacted the air quality in the national capital.

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