Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"study tour" BY Mumbai BMC//chennai to get more gardens


MUM Bai gardens and parks, civic body failed to use even 10%

of funds,to undertake "study tour" of Kerala


Civic markets panel members to visit Kerala



MUMBAI: Members of the BMC's markets and gardens committee have planned to undertake a "study tour" of Kerala. A few civic officials will also be part of the trip, which will kick off at the end of January.

The civic markets and gardens committee consists of 32 members. Committee chairman Saba Reddy Bora confirmed that members would visit the southern state on a study tour. "About 15-16 committee members will visit Kerala along with some of the civic officials. The estimated cost of tour is Rs 10 lakh and it will be borne by the BMC," he said.

The civic body has failed to use even 10% of the funds allotted to the development of gardens and parks in the city so far. The BMC has made a provision of Rs 300 crore in the annual budget for these works. "We will study markets and gardens in Kerala to see if their ideas can be implemented to develop our markets and gardens," Bora added.
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    Chennai to get more green cover with 224 new parks


    CHENNAI: In an effort to increase the green cover in the city, Chennai Corporation has decided to develop 224 new parks in the expanded areas, bringing the total number of parks in the city to 486. This will still be lower than Delhi (15,000), Mumbai (1,300), Bangalore (721) and Hyderabad (709), but is nevertheless a good move, feel experts.

    The corporation issued work orders for 137 parks in 2012-13 and 87 in 2013-14 in the Thiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram , Ambattur, Valasaravakkam , Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur zones. "We completed 138 parks and work on the rest will be finished in a few months," said a corporation official.

    In many expanded areas, vacant spaces and open space reservation (OSR) lands have been converted into parks. "We have also renovated a few poorly maintained parks," the official said.

    Sources said the corporation's parks department was short-staffed and ill-equipped to maintain green spaces. According to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority's second master plan, each Chennaiite has just 0.46 sq m of green space against the 17 sq m of green space per resident in Bangalore. Green space, officials say, includes parks, avenue trees and forest areas.

    G Mullaivanam, founder of Tree Bank, an NGO, said parks department officials rarely inspect parks. "Some residents' associations maintain parks better," he said.

    Acorporation official said they planned to appoint more staff in the parks department. "There will be a director of parks and three new park superintendents for three regions in the city," he said.

    Large infrastructure projects, including metro rail, have claimed many parks in the city. The corporation park in Ashok Nagar, Thiru-Vi-Ka Park in Shenoy Nagar, Nehru Park on Poonamallee High Road and May Day Park in Chintadripet are now closed for metro rail work.

    Experts say more parks should be set up. C P R Environmental Education Centre joint director P Sudhakar said an increase in the number of parks was related to the green cover of a city. "But Chennai continues to lag behind other metros. There should be more trees in parks and the civic body should allocate adequate funds for maintenance of parks."

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