City Forest

  • Save Aravali Trust adopted city forest in July 2017.
  • Located – Main Badkhal Pali Road opposite Gate No 3 of Sainik Colony, Sector 49, Faridabad
  • Planting around 150 native plants (Neem, Peepal, Bad, Papri, Pilkhan, Jungle Jalebi, Desi Keekar, Bakaan, and Ronjh).
  • Regular watering and maintenance for 3 years.
  • The survival rate of our plants is 85% (govt. rate is 33%)

History

All the residents of Faridabad and travelers of Badkhal Pali road must have experienced a stinky smell and cloud of smoke while passing by the main Badkhal Pali Road just opposite gate number 3 of Sainik  Colony Sector 49, Faridabad.

There is a govt land of around 1 Kilometer being used as an unauthorized Garbage Dumping Yard by the nearby colonies and villages.  This might be giving peace to the garbage throwers but is a big problem to the city. Around  was a beautiful ridge area around 15 years ago but after development, its shape is changed.

Save Aravali Trust wrote multiple letters, filed many complaints but got nothing from any concerned body and in last thought of converting it into a City Forest.

A video with details about the City Forest.

Natural

City/Urban Forest, as we know, is a concept that’s anyways a boon for its multiple advantages to the society and environment. The excellence superimposed in our proposal is that ‘Save Aravali’ will do it all by itself without seeking any financial help from the city administration.

Plan

  • Planting around 150 native plants (Neem, Peepal, Bad, Papri, Pilkhan, Jungle Jalebi, Desi Keekar, Bakaan, and Ronjh etc.)
  • Doing aluminium wire fencing for security of the plants and to stop the garbage throwers.
  • As per our policy,  we are committed to the society to take care of feeding and security of the plants for Three years.

Biodiversity

After so many efforts and little success in growing trees in barren land we have got little success in developing green bushes and some plants of Neem, Peepal, Bad, Papri, Pilkhan, Jungle Jalebi, Desi Keekar, Bakaan, and Ronjh etc.

Many Birds have taken shelter in the city forest.

Location

Badkhal Pali Road opposite gate number 3 of Sainik  Colony Sector 49, Faridabad.

Challenges

We faced many challenges in growing this forest and still facing many challenges.

  • People with vested interests pose the biggest threat to the development of this forest. Garbage throwers are still active.
  • Few anti-social elements cut the 1-2 years old trees with a saw blade.
  • The land have a history of Garbage, we have removed more than 20 Trucks of garbage but still there was some garbage left which couldn’t be removed, its still creating issues in plant growth.
  • For the long time watering the plants was a challenge but acquiring a water tanker and tractor helped us in recovering from this challenge.

Ongoing Activities

  • Afforestation is still going on and plants need regular care from time to time so regular activities are going on you can participate in any of the below activities.
  • Plantation – From time to time we do plant new saplings to make it more dense and self sustaining.
  • Watering – Once in a week water is given to all the trees as trees are young and can’t survive harsh weather of Faridabad without regular watering.

Associates

We are happy to have the partnership of following government departments-

  1. Forest Department Haryana
  2. Municipal Corporation Faridabad
  3. District Commissioner Faridabad
  4. Public Works Department (PWD)
  5. Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited

and the following private/social organizations-

  1. Rotary Clubs, Faridabad
  2. Mahaveer International
  3. Anant Udyog Faridabad

Updates

  • Planted 1100 more trees during monsoon.
  • Regular watering.
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  • Planted more trees on the boundary for better protection.
  • Boundary and Maintenance
  • Regular watering.
  • Taking care of plants on regular basis.
  • Boundary and Maintenance
  • Regular watering.
  • Taking care of plants on regular basis.
  • Boundary and Maintenance
  • Regular watering.
  • Taking care of plants on regular basis.
  • Land allotted by MCF
  • Removed Garbage
  • Poured More Soild
  • Planted 150 trees.