January 13, 2011 1:26:18 am
Looking at the lawyers celebrating Lohri in the lush green lawns at the back of the library in the district courts complex,no one can imagine that the area was a garbage dump just a few years ago.
The 2,500 square yard area was lying unattended the lawyers and the sweepers used the site to throw garbage. Though the state government was supposed to develop the area as a green belt,in February 2008,the lawyers decided to take up the job to clean the area. Saplings were planted and finally a permanent gardener was hired.
N K Chibber,president of the District Bar Association (DBA),said: The lawyers only used to spread the filth. Today,we are sitting in the lush green lawns with lots of blooming flowers. The idea to develop the area as a green belt was first mooted by Advocate Gagan Arora. The proposal was accepted by the then DBA president P S Ghuman. In 2008,the lawyers began work with contributions worth Rs 20,000. On Wednesday,the DBA honoured Arora in a function,which was also attended by Chief Parliamentary Secretary Harish Rai Dhanda.
The gardener is paid Rs 5,000 a month contributed by the lawyers. Apart from a variety of flowers,plants like ficus,panda,palm and bamboos have been planted in the lawns. Recently,a few lawyers have planted bottle palms and other costly plants worth around Rs 20,000 in front of the parking lot.
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DBA Secretary Gurpreet Singh Virk said: To make our surroundings beautiful,we should not always look for state government. The work culture improves when we see greenery all around.
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