Vertical gardens on metro pillars are turning Blue Line green.
NEW DELHI: The usually grey and drab concrete pillars of Delhi Metro have now got a green cover, at a small stretch of the Blue Line.
In a first such initiative by Delhi Metro, eight pillars of the elevated Blue Line (Dwarka Sector 21-Vaishali/ Noida City Centre) between Mandi House and Pragati Maidan stations are sporting vertical gardens.
The pillars are covered by a mesh like frame, on which small pots with plants are mounted. The closely fitted rows of potted plants rise up, giving the pillars the look of vertical gardens. The pillars are located at the junction of Sikandra Road, Tilak Marg and Mathura Road, one of the busiest intersections in the city.
Delhi Metro, however, is not the first to take the green initiative. Bengaluru Metro and Kochi Metro have already adopted the concept earlier, inspired by Mexico. In Bengaluru and Kochi, every fourth to sixth pillar sports a vertical garden as the other pillars are used for advertising.
In Delhi, the credit goes to the New Delhi Municipal Council, which first came up with the idea, created the vertical gardens and will now maintain them.