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In order to upkeep 18000 parks in Delhi, the city government has decided to launch a new policy that will allow local residents, NGOs and RWAs to maintain the same, the cost of which will be borne by the Govt only.

The decision took place in a meeting at Indira Gandhi Stadium, undertaken by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Several representatives of RWAs, market associations and NGOs were also present in the meeting. Addressing the meeting he said, “The government alone cannot do everything, we need people’s cooperation.”

He further said that the government is working hard to beautify Delhi. We have about 18,000 parks in the city. Of which, about, 250 RWAs maintain nearly 1,300 parks and are maintaining them well. That’s why we are planning to launch new policy wherein the government will aid RWAs, women organizations and NGOs for maintenance of parks in their respective areas.

“And, we will bear the cost. Soon we are going to launch the scheme. 2 crore people of Delhi can together make the city one of the best in the world,” Kejriwal added.

Under this policy, Delhi Govt has decided to provide more financial assistance RWAs and NGOs registered with the Delhi Parks and Gardens Society for maintenance of parks and gardens to Rs 2 lakh per acre, which is almost double than the earlier one.

However, this time the financial assistance would now not be linked with the categorization of colonies. Till now, for the disbursal of aid, the categorization of colonies from A to H was taken into consideration. For, Parks or gardens located in colonies falling under A category, the financial assistance was 30% while for category H, assistance up to 100% is provided. On the request by RWAs, the government has also decided to reduce the documentation required for receiving the aid.