PWD Minister of Haryana, Rao Narbir Singh yesterday partook in a plantation drive at village Sakatpur to kickstart the formation of City Forest in Gurugram. The City Forest will be spread in an area of 1,000 acre. The Minister said that City Forest will help people to breathe easy by tackling air pollution. He said that the Gurugram Metropolitan Devlopment Authority (GMDA) is bringing the treated water from STP for watering the plants and to further develop a natural reservoir. Daily at least 17 cr litres of water is being treated daily at Behrampur STP, he said and added that around 80-90 lakh litres of water is being used while the rest is going waste. Now this water will be used for creating lakes and ponds in City Forest. Rao Narbir Singh also said that proposal for a leopard safari was also in the works for which he will soon go to Etawah lion safari in UP after which the proposal will be taken forward. He said that the corporate are also showing interest in developing the site and doing plantation.
The Forest Department will also plant as many as 50,000 saplings in City Forest this year, it was informed.