New Delhi: The national capital, which blossomed under the green cover during the Commonwealth Games-2010, has now almost lost its sheen due to lax attitude of the authorities.

A whopping amount of Rs 300 crore was spent for planting shrubs and flowers in the city. The green net was also used to protect these plants. Following poor conservation, the plants have started drying up and net is also getting damaged.

However, concerned authorities are blaming common man for this condition and disappearance of the plants.

For the face-lift of the city, around five lakh plants were implanted by the Delhi government, which are now dying out.

Around Rs 110 crore were spent for planting shrubs and flowers along the roads and on the central verge of the city roads but it seems the concerned authorities are not bothered about their condition after the CWG.

Due to improper care, expensive plants at many places are wilting away. The green net which was used to protect these plants at Rs 156 per square metre is also getting damaged.

The green cover at the Bhikaji Cama Place has vanished in thin air. Expensive plants potted at the Africa Avenue Marg are wilting away and it seems that plants are crying out for water for over a week.

The area near Shreyans hotel, which was quite green during the Games, now wears a sad look as there is no sign of greenery around.

Be it Hazrat Nizammuddin T-point or IGI stadium or ITO Chungi, the list is endless. The footpath at the Safadarjung Road near Race Course is plain and the plants that were placed at the Leela Palace Chowk by the MCD have disappeared.

However, the block-D 11 of Vinay Marg has retained its greenery thanks to efforts by the residents of the area.

However, MCD Horticulture Director SS Kandpal claimed that greenery at majority of places is retained and the loss of green cover is due to attitude of people.

PWD chief Rakesh Mishra said, “The department is monitoring the green cover in the city and it is the responsibility of those agencies who were assigned the task of planting shrubs in the national capital to look after them.”

Toeing the same line, NDMC spokesman Anand Tiwary said people should be held responsible for damaging the green net.

JPN/Bureau