Many such cases have surfaced in the state’s biggest scheme, the Privthiraj Nagar (PRN) in Jaipur, where around 900 colonies have been developed on 11,700 bigha of land. Out of greed, many colonizers developed plots even on facility areas and sold those off.
Giraj Singh, president of PRN Samiti, said, “Colonies in PRN are developed in 70:30 ratio (70% houses, 30% facility area). The facility areas include roads, parks, community halls, water tank, etc. Since, no land is left in PRN, the JDA is developing only roads in the name of facility area. Around 95% space for green cover has been utilised for purposes. For example, now a police station will be developed on a land identified for park,” he said.
Not only PRN, colonies developed by the housing societies are facing the same situation. Rajat Goyal, resident of Veer Vihar, said, “The size of the proposed park is reduced drastically by the developer. The area will be deprived of appropriate green cover in future,” he said.
With this, target to achieve mandatory 20% green cover required as per the Master Plan 2025 looks impossible. At present, the city has only 11.39 % of its area under green cover which falls woefully short.
Vishnu Lamba, renowned as Treeman of India, says, “The private colonisers are violating the high court norms as they are developing a colony without earmarking space for parks or greenbelts. This is a grim situation and civic agencies should not regularise colony if there is no park facility for residents. No trees in a colony would lead to a grim future,” he added.
Many believe that plantation in colonies is an effective way to increase trees as residents can protect and guard them. Moreover, the JDA’s plan to develop woodland parks failed to take off.
A source said, “Shortage of green cover occurred as JDA shelved many projects over a period of time. To restore the ecological balance, the JDA had proposed to plant trees on empty lands and project was name as Woodland. However, it was shelved in absence of land availability,” he said.