SDMC Focuses On Residents' Overall Well-Being, Plans 20 Green Clubs
Taking a cue from the recently tabled ‘green’ Delhi Budget, the municipal authorities are taking various steps to help better the environment of the national capital. Of them is the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) that has announced that it will develop green clubs in at least 20 parks across the constituency. These clubs will be one of a kind project that will house multifaceted amenities for the citizens.
These clubs would be equipped with adventure islands for children, green lands, acupressure centres and paved walkaways with open amphitheater. These parks with green clubs would also have sports facilities, including badminton courts, football park, etc. Open huts will also be planned in the park for evening shelters and sitting area.
Apart from this, the SDMC is also working on a Fitness Trail project – an open gym concept. Under this project, the parks will be divided into three types of training, light, medium and heavy. Each junction will have an instruction board that would carry details on exercises, age limit and directions of usage. These trails will be equipped with shoulder builder, horse rider, sky walker, taichi spinner, sit-up board and bench with fixed dumbbell, chest press dimension and cross trainer.
The total expenditure for the project will be Rs 4 crore. These parks will be developed in Green Park, Lajpat Nagar, Hauz Khas and Greater Kailash.
With this, the corporation is expecting to curb the crime instances in the parks as more and more people visit them. Moreover, this will impact the green cover in the residential colonies positively. The additional security guards will be placed in these parks for overall security. The empty spaces beneath the selected flyovers have also been beautified with green plants which has received positive feedback from the citizens.
Penalty for dog owners
Also, the SDMC would soon fine the residents of south Delhi who do not clean up their dog's faeces on streets and in public spaces. The civic authority recently cleared the proposal under which the dog owners at fault will have to pay an on-the-spot fine of Rs 500 if found to be at fault. For this, the sanitation staff, including sanitation inspector or assistant inspector, will be given the authority to issue challans.
The SDMC has become the first civic body in the country to replace fuel vehicles by e-vehicles to make Delhi clean. This move is expected to reduce the total carbon emission by over 2,100 tonne. The first of 32 vehicles have already been launched while other remaining 43 will be launched soon in the next month.
Other authorities gearing up, too
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation, in its contribution to a green Delhi, will be replacing all streetlights with LED lights. The replacement exercise would be completed before Diwali and would require replacement of 1.2 lakh conventional streetlights with energy-efficient LED lights. These intelligent fixtures will be connected to the control room and the information will be sent once they turn defunct.
On similar lines, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation is transforming the Metro pillars into vertical gardens to fight pollution in addition to beautifying its surroundings. These vertical gardens in Delhi are located at the junction of Sikandra Road, Tilak Marg and Mathura Road.