I spennt a few days at Noida rcently. The Horticulture Dept. there has done a lot to grreen the whole area: parks, roadside plantation and miniforests at a number of places. The have relied heavily on Karanj, and other traditional trees which is good. However, what I felt was that colour is absent in the area, with green evrywhere. The only flowering trees I saw were cassia excelsa, tecoma granids and its dwarf variety, Lagerstroemia thorelli (Not many I am afraid). One can also mention Pterosperemum acerifolium (Kanak Champa) and Kadam. The imagination of the hoticulturiists who developed Lutyens Delhi I did not find there. No avenues of Silk cotton treeor gulmohur-amaltas. Even the recent introduction of chorisia speciosa in the roundabouts of Delhi is totally absent there. Delhi has also used Lagersroemia both bush and tree types in abundane which is only sparingly used in Noida. I dont think that in 20 miles of so the soil and climate would be much different. Pink varieties of cassia are also not used.
But on the whole, they haave worked.
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