July 14, 2011 04.54 AM IS – (Times of India)
In the next few years, rare trees of medicinal value will be planted in Gurgaon. After the city lost hundreds of precious full-grown trees for development projects including the Rapid Metro construction, Gurgaon will now see the plantation of these rare, grown trees this monsoon.
The Rapid Metro work, which was criticized for the felling of so many trees and for not rehabilitating the fully grown trees, has now roped in a city-based NGO, Hariyali, to undertake a drive of planting rare, grown trees in different parts of Gurgaon.
The plantation drive will start this month, in which trees of rare species will be planted in the Gurgaon region. More than 200 varieties of trees, many of them rare and endangered, will be transported from places like Jaipur and Kolkata, for plantation on a three-acre patch of land in the Nandigram Gaushala near Palam Vihar.
Rapid Metro spokesperson Sarvesh Tiwari said, “Our compensatory forestation and tree transplantation work is being executed by Hariyali. We are ensuring that rare tree species and those of medicinal value will be planted this season. We have already taken approval from the forest department.”
Hariyali president Vivek Kamboj said that more than 3,000 trees are going to be planted in the city. “Around 1,200 trees will be planted in Nandigram Gaushala,” he said. The wide-ranging varieties of 200 species, which are going to be transported in by the month-end, include Sandal, Mohua and Rudraksha.
The NGO will be getting saplings, measuring 4-5 feet, from various parts of the country transported to Gurgaon.
“The plants will be maintained by our NGO, and will take another 3-4 years to attain full growth,” said Kamboj. For irrigation purposes, artificial ponds are also to be created near in Gaushala.
Some plantation will also be carried out in the forest area near the Faridabad-Gurgaon road. “We are also considering the bio-diversity park for our plantation drive. But this is yet to be confirmed,” said Kamboj.
The NGO has already begun the process, and the pits for the trees are being prepared in the earmarked areas. The plantation work is slated to begin by the end of this month.Along with the rare species of trees; some varieties of fruit trees will also be planted, primarily in order to attract migratory and domestic birds. Gurgaon’s range forest officer, Devender Rao said that birds get attracted by certain fruit-bearing trees, which also provide nesting possibilities for them.
“The peepal is such a tree. Birds love it because of its fruits, and its soft trunk and branches are good for shelter,” said Rao.
He claimed that the new plantations in Gurgaon would help attract more birds in the migratory season to the city, where the bird population is already on the decline.