SDA plans to plant trees on Srinagar roads to increase green cover

Srinagar: The government is working on a proposal to increase green cover by planting trees along roadsides and central verges of major roads in Srinagar.
Srinagar Development Authority (SDA) vice chairman Sajjad Hussain told Kashmir Reader that the process would be undertaken from Lal Chowk where trees would be planted. Subsequently, all major roads will be covered in the project, he said.
The project is part of Srinagar Master Plan, which the government cleared this year. It recommended avenue plantation in the city.
An official spelled out details of the project saying they would collaborate with land owners having roadside properties to grow trees inside their premises. It would also include walls abutting roads where central verges exist, he said.
“The construction of concrete and brick walls along public buildings or offices shall be totally banned. Those having them shall be demolished to create a sense of more openness,” the official added.
As per the official, the process will take some time but in future such things have to be adopted to compete with other metropolitan cities in India.
According to him, the practice of constructing walls between two government buildings would be banned and instead that concept of connecting lawns would be promoted in the city.

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