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Damaged green belts to be restored - Times of India
LUDHIANA: In order to restore a few barren and abandoned green belts, the MC has initiated beautification work under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). In the absence of proper upkeep, a few parks are in poor shape, with weeds spreading across the area. Officials plan to restore six parks/green belts along old GT road near Salem Tabri.
These parks were opened many years ago and can be developed into lush green spaces for the public. As of now however, they are pictures of neglect with broken fountains, missing grills, rotting plants and broken footpaths. Officials concerned said that repair works had started.
Besides, MC is also developing a parking lot at the old GT road near Gandhi Market. Officials have decided to level the ground for the parking lot but keep it in as it is otherwise. A plantation is also being developed on the sides of the ground for shade. Land where the parking lot is to come up was under encroachment.
However, major work is to take place from Pakhowal Road till Jawaddi, where the green belt is most neglected. People even dump garbage at a few places. Officials plan to focus on the space along the canal, which will be cleaned. The MC officials said that their work would improve air quality levels and give people a place to enjoy their leisure time.
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