Patiala: The Royal city of Patiala may soon regain its old green touch as the Municipal Corporation has decided to pump in money to revive the vanishing gardens.
The idea for the proper upkeep and the maintenance of gardens is the brainchild of the Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Parminder Singh Gill, who has taken keen interest to bring the city back to its green glory. The Commissioner toured the deserted gardens and decided to give them a new lease of life.
Gill talked at length with the MC’s Executive Engineer, Horticulture and Dalip Kumar over the agenda to work out budget requirement.
At present, as per the record of the Municipal Corporation, the royal city is having a total of 112 gardens and parks. Some new gardens have also been added into it recently in the model town area. So far, the Corporation laid stress on maintenance of these gardens through the Resident Welfare Societies in the areas concerned by providing them some kind of financial assistance. MC’s Executive Engineer, Horticulture, Dalip Kumar played a major role in it as he had involved the societies. Kumar is also known as the Green Man of Patiala.
The Royal city is an old city, so it lacked in parks. The Town and Country Planning department has a scheme for greenery in the shape of parks, but 90 per cent of the city is totally unplanned. The gardens, wherever they are, also wore a desert look earlier. But now the things have started improving because of the participation of local folks.
It is pertinent to mention that earlier even the Forest Department had asked the Municipal Corporation to provide funds to plant new saplings to increase green belt in the area.
Following this, the MC had earmarked one per cent of its budget for this work, but the implementation was poor. The MC then switched to peoples’ participation for the same and got the momentum.
“The Corporation wants to increase the green belt in the Royal city and protect the existing gardens. Whatever money the Corporation will get for giving No Objection Certificates to the mobile companies to fix up their towers in the vicinity of the city, we will use that exclusively for upkeep of gardens,” said Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation, Parminder Singh Gill. Gill said the MC got Rs 25 lakh tentatively on this account.
The Commissioner said the Patiala Improvement Trust too has come forward to help us maintain the gardens.
The welfare associations in the area have hailed the Corporation for the decision to revive gardens.
Gurjit Singh Sahni (President of the Raghbir Nagar Area), Dr. Atul Gupta (President of the Model Town Area) and Rachpal Singh, while welcoming the step, said that it will help in improving the environment in the city.
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