Palm Trees plantation on Delhi Gurgaon highway

The Delhi-Gurgaon expressway will soon be adorned with palm trees that will be imported from Andhra Pradesh to make the city look "beautiful" before Happening Haryana, the global investor summit to be held in the city in March.
A joint team of MCG and HUDA officials from the horticulture departments of the two bodies has reached Kadiyam village in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, to get around 30,000 ornamental trees that will be planted on both sides of the expressway to give the stretch a facelift before the visitors arrive.
According to officials, a majority of the trees will be full-grown Palm trees which will be planted on both sides of the highway from the Delhi-Gurgaon border till Signature Towers. The move follows on the heels of a meeting called by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to survey the preparations, where he instructed officials to leave "no stone unturned" to make the event a grand success. "The chief minister held a meeting with the city officials a few days ago and has specified that the city needs to look beautiful and has to be decked up for the global investors meet, so that the thousands of investors including many NRIs who will attend the meet in early March will be impressed," said a senior official.
"It was after this that we zeroed in on this place in Andhra Pradesh which is major flower nursery. The main focus will be to get those ornamental plants which are not available in north India. We will be getting full-grown palm trees as these can easily survive in the climatic conditions prevalent here. Moreover we found that the Palm trees available here cost less when compared to other states. These trees will be transported in trucks and are expected to reach here within a fortnight," he said.
According to sources, Khattar himself suggested that Palm trees should be lined up to welcome the investors and NRIs who will be attending the Haryana pravasi diwas that is to take place in Sector 29. Both MCG and HUDA authorities have been asked to ensure that all streetlights are working and no garbage is strewn around.
Apart from planting these trees, landscaping will also be done along the Golf Course Road, Huda City CentrE and Leisure Valley Park.
Environments have, however, questioned the choice of palm trees as they have do not provide any environmental benefits and require a lot of water to survive. "It can't hold a lot of soil as its root is not very deep. Its maintenance is also expensive and cumbersome," said Jitender Kumar, an environmentalist. more  

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I think people have cribbed and people have mentioned the right plants too.This is also a forum where people may crib,"void their rheum"as it were,and let their dissatisfaction (as well as their satisfaction)known.It is a good safety valve. more  
While i agree with the sentiments being voiced, i think only cribbing will not be adequate. If we - the residents of Gurgaon - want to see change, we need to become the change. I would recommend that we should share short term as well as long term ideas on which plants would survive. rather than just saying planting Palm trees is incorrect more  
Palm trees have no utility quotient. These should be avoided. Instead , Haryana Govt. should plant shady, fruit trees with Long life as such plantations remain for generations and create a Legacy of the region. Moreover, Govt should actively work on Transplanting fully grown up Local , shady trees on such routes. Big nurseries of Grown up trees should be planned for future requirements as well.. more  
Instead of Palm trees the govt should consider plantation of shade giving trees like Barringtonia asiatica, Calophyllum inophyllum, Dalbergia sissoo, Firmiana colorata, Pterocarpus indicus, Neem, Indan Mahogany, Shorea Robusta, Delonix Regia ...These are environment friendly besides it can provide nest to birds too, which at presently are living in flats, and a threat to human lives. Secondly plantation of trees on occasions should not stop there. Nurturing it is a continuing process. The Govt should equip with that also. more  
I am a landscape architect settled in gurgaon. I don`t think that it`s a good of planting palms in NCR Region. Because it`s not a native plant. more  
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