North Corp to rope in RWAs, pvt bodies to maintain parks

The body signed an agreement with small business units to this effect

The North Corporation has signed MoUs with small businesses for the maintenance of 54 parks . 442 more parks covering an area of over 107 acres are being maintained for a fee of ₹8,000 per acre that is paid to the RWA and NGO to maintain them. A SENIOR OFFICIAL
NEWDELHI: To overcome the problem of labour shortage, North Delhi Municipal Corporation will now maintain its parks under the pubic-private-partnership (PPP) model.
North Corp to rope in RWAs, pvt bodies to maintain parks
The North corporation maintains around 6,000 parks but many of them are in a bad condition due to staff crunch.The North corporation maintains around 6,000 parks but many of them are in bad condition due to shortage of staff.

A senior official of the North Corporation said that under the scheme, over 500 parks are being maintained through non-government organisations and resident welfare associations and through private companies.

The project has been launched on a pilot basis and if successful the practice will be launched in other areas too.

The main idea is that corporation is aiming to share its maintenance to ease the work load.

“The North corporation has signed MoUs with small businesses for maintenance of 54 parks in its jurisdiction covering an area of 22 acres. 442 more parks covering an area of over 107 acres are being maintained for a fee of ₹8,000 per acre that is paid to the RWA and NGO to maintain them,” the official said.

North corporation’s horticulture director Ranbir Singh said, “We have decided that ₹8,000 will be given per month for maintaining an acre.”

Almost 47 RWAs are currently working with the corporation under the system and the corporation will be inviting more by launching awareness programmes. Earlier this year, the commissioner, in his budget speech, stated that parks of more than two acres in area would be developed and maintained with the cooperation of private partners, who would be given the right to grow and sell plants in the nurseries.

Apart from this, the corporation’s horticulture plans to include a flower park “in every ward that has more than 10 parks.” Flowers developed in these parks would be sold in the open market.

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