GMC’s horticulture department will develop the biodiversity park at a cost of Rs 12 crore, officials said. “Work on the park will start shortly. As per plan, the park will act as Ghaziabad’s green lung, which of late has earned the notoriety of being the country’s most polluted city,” said a GMC official.
The park will boast of a pond across an area of 2.5 acres, apart from Rose Garden, Medicinal Udyan, Knowledge Garden, Vasant Vatika, Navgraha Vatika, Sharad Vatika and Bal Vatika. “Normally in society parks, ornamental plants or shrubs are planted. But in the proposed park, we will have ample scope to plant big fruit-bearing trees and will also have a small children’s playground,” said the official.
Other than this, the GMC’s horticulture department will carry out work to revamp 251 parks and develop 198 more across the city, he added.
The foundation stone of a total of 53 projects worth Rs 44.46 crore was also laid by the minister. “The projects that will be undertaken by the GMC’s construction department includes drain work, road construction and laying of interlocking tiles. There is a deadline to the projects and all work will be done before December,” he added.
Under GMC’s water works department, four projects worth Rs 6 crore have been identified, which include installing rain water harvesting systems in 100 GMC’s parks and laying sewer lines in different parts of the city. Projects under the health department worth Rs 13.40 crore will also be undertaken, which includes procuring 50 e-rickshaws for door-to-door garbage collection and work related to solid waste management.