19 Aug '11, 6pm

Green Respite for a Bleak Delhi Suburb: Can a concrete jungle of multinational corporations meet its million-tree goal?

Green Respite for a Bleak Delhi Suburb: Can a concrete jungle of multinational corporations meet its million-tree goal?

Million Trees Gurgaon Volunteers planting trees in the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon. Amid the high-rise office buildings, towering apartment complexes and sprawling construction sites, green pockets are hard to find in Gurgaon, a New Delhi suburb that is home to the back-office operations of some of the world’s biggest companies. So the local government, private companies and citizens have banded together to plant a million trees. Gurgaon has expanded more than 70 percent over the last decade alone as a result of the breakneck pace of construction; the million-tree plan would require setting aside almost 3,500 acres of land. The government of Haryana State is providing the swaths of property. Seventeen spots across the city have been chosen as sites for green cover. In the first phase of the project, which started on Aug 4, trees are being planted at seven locations. By Sep...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/19/green-respite-f...

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