To Curb Air Pollution, Delhi To Enhance 7 City Forests With Nature Trails, Cycling Tracks And More; List Inside

Visitors can expect nature trails and cycling tracks made from eco-friendly materials.

by Nikitha Sebastian
To Curb Air Pollution, Delhi To Enhance 7 City Forests With Nature Trails, Cycling Tracks And More; List Inside

The Delhi forest department is embarking on an exciting initiative to enhance seven of the city’s forests with eco-friendly features. This project is part of a wider effort to promote sustainable urban environments and combat air pollution, a major concern for the capital.

Delhi To Enhance City Forests

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As per a report by the Millennium Post, environment Minister Gopal Rai announced last week that the upgrades align with the government’s summer action plan. Visitors can expect nature trails and cycling tracks made from eco-friendly materials like murrum, a laterite-based soil. Birdwatching enthusiasts will be thrilled with the addition of watch towers, open viewing decks, and interpretation centres.

The project targets seven forests across Delhi:

  • Alipur
  • Mukhmelpur
  • Qutubgarh
  • Mamurpur
  • Hauz Rani
  • Mitraon
  • The area around Shastri Park Metro Station in the central division

Forest rangers are adding new walkways high up in the trees so visitors can see the forest in a completely different way, offering a truly unforgettable experience.

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Eco-Friendly And Semi-Permanent Materials

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Delhi currently boasts 20 city forests, but the good news doesn’t stop there. The forest department is also developing three brand new ones in Garhi Mandu (east), Lal Kuan (southeast), and Ujwa (southwest).

As per a report by the Millennium Post, Minister Rai emphasised the importance of these projects in tackling heat waves and air pollution. Large-scale plantation drives are planned to increase the city’s green cover, which acts as Delhi’s lungs by absorbing carbon dioxide and improving the groundwater table.

Following the Indian Forest Act of 1927, all materials used will be eco-friendly and semi-permanent, with permanent structures strictly prohibited. The initiative also prioritises waste management to prevent littering and enforces a complete ban on plastic use within the forests.

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Officials are reimagining Delhi’s city forests. These green spaces won’t just be for leisure, they’ll be crucial for protecting the environment. This eco-friendly makeover will make the forests more inviting for people, while also boosting air quality and attracting a wider variety of wildlife.

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