Plant sapling as gift, south Delhi corporation vows to take its care for life

Delhi: 17 Sep, 2021 (Times of India)


NEW DELHI: Instead of gifting flower bouquets on anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions, residents of south Delhi will now have the option to plant a sapling named after their dear ones to make their day memorable.
South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) will launch this online initiative next week wherein a person can book a sapling at the civic body’s parks for Rs 2,000.
“Gifting a tree will be a pleasant surprise because the chances are that the recipient would never have had a sapling planted for them and they will feel special and honoured. Usually, we adopt such practices to honour dignitaries, but now people can also make their near and dear ones feel special,” said SDMC commissioner Gyanesh Bharti.

The civic body has identified 20 parks that a person can select online as well as the timings if they want to be present for the plantation ceremony. SDMC would place a tree guard and look after the sapling for its entire life and the person adopting it would be able to visit at intervals to see its health.

“Interested people can fill in the name, address, occasion for gifting the saplings, and other details on the SDMC portal. Based on this, we will make necessary arrangements. After plantation, we will write down the name and address on tree guards to identify the person who gifted it,” said Alok Singh, SDMC horticulture director.
A certificate would also be issued in the name of the person or relative to acknowledge the memorable plantation.

Explaining why only 20 sites had been chosen, an official said regular care would become difficult if the saplings were planted at different places. “For the convenience of residents, we have identified five parks in each of the four zones. In all, 498 points would be used for planting saplings. The initiative also aims to boost community participation in increasing greenery in south Delhi,” added the official.

The shortlisted parks include Central Park Shanti Niketan (18 saplings), park near C-4 Vasant Kunj (30 saplings), W-Block park, GK-II (12 saplings), Harsukh Park near B-4 Safdarjung Enclave (28 saplings), Club Park, Defence Colony (25 saplings), park near Mata Mandir, New Friends Colony (20 saplings), waterbody in Sector 7 Dwarka (40 saplings), Zakir Hussain Park near Surya Hotel (20 saplings), park at Road No. 17, Punjabi Bagh Extension (20 saplings), park opposite Kamal School, Vikaspuri and park near road no. 13, Sarita Vihar (20 saplings).