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Delhi govt launches ‘ambulance’ for trees
New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS)
Published on 5 Feb. 2010 11:54 PM IST
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Equipped with water tanks, chain saws, tree pruners, sprayers and ladders, a unique ambulance for trees set out Friday to protect the green cover in the heart of the Indian capital. The initiative was launched Friday by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who said she wanted the service to quickly extend from the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) zone to the entire city. The NDMC is the smallest of three civil administration zones. It covers an area of only three percent of Delhi. But it is among the greenest parts of the capital, with many trees older than independent India. The first of the ambulances is fitted with a water tank of 5,500 liters. It carries equipment needed to keep the trees in shape -- and glowing. “The ambulances will be responsible for regular maintenance including trimming and removal of decayed branches to ensure their healthy life,” an NDMC official said. The NDMC, whose area is home to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and most VIPs as well as most embassies, wants to ensure that roads and cemented pavements do not choke the roots of the trees. “Dikshit congratulated the NDMC for a new initiative which will enrich efforts of tree protection. She exhorted the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD - which is responsible for 96 percent of Delhi’s area) to follow suit,” an official statement said. The chief minister also mooted the idea of utilizing the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) fund to launch more such ambulances in Delhi. The ambulance is fitted with a water tank with a capacity of 5,500 liters. The ambulances will also have equipment like chain saw, tree pruner, sprayer, ladder and water pumps. The NDMC has a total green area of 1,250 acres including six major gardens and five nurseries and 981 colony parks for maintenance. It has plans to roll out more such ambulances in the near future. More at : Delhi launches ambulance for trees

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