Govt accords priority to greenbelt in new Parliament, other installations

NEW DELHI: Encouraged by the ‘soothing feeling’ in nature post implementation of the nationwide lockdown, the Centre is giving top priority to increase greenbelt and other eco-friendly measures in important installations across the country, including new Parliament.
According to reports, the lockdown has not only decreased pollution in the National Capital, but also enthused wildlife.
The Urban Affairs Ministry had earlier informed that 194 trees need to be felled for the new Parliament House as the government had claimed that the total greenery in the complex will increase by at least 25 per cent.
The Ministry, while seeking the environmental clearance for the project, on February 12 had stated that the total number of trees in the complex will increase to 632 from the present number of 250.
It had also claimed that the total greenbelt on the upcoming new Parliament House premises will increase from the current more than 16,139 square metre to 20,636 square metre.
The new Parliament House will be built at an estimated cost of Rs776 crore and the total built-up area in the Parliament Complex after the new construction will be more than double of what it is now. Such instructions for increasing the greenbelt and adopting other all eco-friendly measures have been directed to states for the planned important projects respectively. (AGENCIES)