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Three Lakh Metres of Waste Turned into 12-Acre Park in Lucknow

By Aditya Sharma      29 May, 2024 04:00 PM      0 Comments
Three Lakh Metres of Waste Turned into 12 Acre Park in Lucknow

 Lucknow: The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has successfully converted approximately three lakh metric tonnes of waste spread over 12 acres of land into Rashtriya Prerna Park, located in Vasant Kunj on IIM Road, Lucknow. The project, which cost around Rs 375 lakh, features over 100,000 different types of plants.

Project Timeline and Objectives:

The initiative began in February 2024 and was completed in just two months, ending in the last week of March. The transformation of the garbage landfill site into a green space was driven by frequent complaints from local residents about the waste. The LDA took the initiative to create a green zone where people can walk and enjoy nature.

Environmental and Community Benefits:

Indramani Tripathi, the LDA Vice-Chairman, emphasized that the park, built over a former garbage landfill site, now serves as a much-needed green space for the community. "The park is operational and is currently being visited by many nearby residents," he said.

To manage the release of dangerous and contagious gases from the former landfill, the LDA installed 20 pipes that extend 20-30 feet underground and stand 8-10 feet above ground.

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Flora and Facilities:

The park features a variety of trees, including mango, litchi, guava, plum, sandalwood, peepal, putranjeeva, roses, and pilkhan. Watering is managed through boring and sprinkler systems. In the coming months, the LDA plans to introduce amusement activities for children and a canteen for visitors.

The Need for Similar Solutions in Delhi

Despite the successful example set by Lucknow, Delhi continues to struggle with its waste management. The Supreme Court recently criticized the Delhi government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for their inaction regarding the city's mounting solid waste. The court highlighted that untreated solid waste poses a direct threat to the fundamental right to life under Article 21, which guarantees a clean environment.

Current Waste Management Crisis:

As of 2024, Delhi generates about 11,342 tonnes per day (TPD) of waste, with 3,800 TPD remaining untreated and dumped at Ghazipur and Bhalswa sites. The untreated waste directly affects the residents' quality of life and tarnishes the city's image.

Political Promises and Inaction:

In the 2022 MCD elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) promised to address the city's garbage issues, but no significant action has been taken. The lack of progress raises the question of whether the Delhi government should adopt a model similar to Lucknow's to tackle its waste crisis effectively. 



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