City Forests

Introduction

City Forests in Delhi are urban forest pockets which have been developed for the citizens with the purpose of providing eco system services like Oxygen, Ground Water Recharge, Carbon Sequestration, Pollution Mitigation, Nature based Healing, Wellness Education, Awareness and ecotourism. The City Forests will enshrine all the principles of sustainability and will be developed within the extant Acts, rules, policies, guidelines and directions of Hon'ble Courts.

An important function of a forest department, functioning primarily in an urban environment would be to increase and improve green spaces available to communities. Likewise the Department of Forest and Wildlife, Govt. of NCT of Delhi has developed 17 City Forests which perform an important function as urban green spaces in a rapidly urbanizing concrete environment like Delhi. These spaces not only provide physical health benefits but also perform a great role in the mental and psychological wellbeing of the citizens. The city forests under Delhi Forest Department includes Mitraon City Forest-Pkt A, Nasirpur City Forest, Alipur City Forest, Mitraon City Forest-Pkt B, Butterfly Park, Tughlaqabad, Aravali Arenya Kendra, Tughlaqabad, Taj Enclave City Forest, Shastri Park near colony City Forest, Garhi Mandu Pkt A2 City Forest, City Forest at ITO chungi Loop No. 4, City Forest Hauz Rani, City Forest at Shastri Park Metro Station, Mamoorpur City Forest, City Forest Aya Nagar, Ctiy Forest Jaunapur, City Forest Dera Mandi and City Forest at Chhattarpur.The Department aims to provide facilities like potable water facilities, public conveniences, meditation huts/eco-vision points, amphitheatre, bio-remediation, water body rejuvenation, open interpretation structures following all directions under DPTA,1994 and of orders of Hon’ble Courts, appropriate fencing with aesthetic entry gates, signages for visitors, portable cabins for staff deployed for safety of visitors, solar power for all electricity requirements of the city forest with minimum lighting required for protection purposes, seating facility with cement or wrought iron benches, check dams for water and soil conservations, signages about DPTA, 1994, security guards for protection, watch tower etc. Online mode for booking permission is also proposed to be developed for regulating the entry as per Indian Forest Act, 1927 and carrying capacity assessed for the area. Apart from providing green oasises for citizens in the city, these city forests would also be acting as an important interface for the Forest Department with citizens. The Department will be moving towards mobilizing citizen centric awareness, citizen participation in forest conservation, fostering scientific temper through citizen science and crowd sourcing of data etc. by evolving the city forests into living labs and open museums of urban forestry. While Delhi boasts of the largest per capita forest area in urban areas of India, the distribution of city forests in not equitable (Figure 3.5). The Department would be working in future towards securing socio-ecological justice and equity by exploring possibilities to create city forests in North and West Divisions of the Department.

Vision & Objectives

  • To develop forest area near habitations into native forest to act as Green lungs of Delhi.
  • To sequester Carbon and harvest rain water intensively in City forest
  • To facilitate nature based education and outreach activities for citizens
  • To develop City Forest as research plots for assessing ecosystems and their services in Delhi.
  • To develop ecotourism on sustainability principles defined by UNEP.
  • To develop city forest as healing point for citizens.
  • Generation of green jobs in form of guides, plantation doctors, greening consultants etc.

Location

S. No. Name of City Forest Division Area (Acres)

1.

Mitraon City Forest-Pkt A West 12
2. Mitraon City Forest-Pkt B West 86
3. Nasirpur City Forest West 11.5
4. Alipur City Forest North 48 
5. Mukhmelpur City Forest North 5
6. Taj Enclave City Forest Central 2.1
7. Shastri& Park near colony City Forest Central 14.1 
8. Garhi Mandu Pkt A2 City Forest Central 42.1
9. City Forest at& Shastri Park Metro Station Central 45
10. City Forest at ITO Chungi Loop No. 4 Central 4.5
11. Butterfly Trail, Tughlaqabad South 20.3
12. Aravali Aranya Kendra, Tughlaqabad South 5
13. Hauz Rani City Forest South 86.8
14. Aya Nagar City Forest South 28.6
15. Jaunapur City Forest& South 97.8
16. Dera Mandi City Forest South 3.34
17. Chhattarpur City Forest South 16.8 

Map of City Forest

Mitraon City Forest-Pkt A and Pkt B

  • Mitraon City Forest (Pocket-A and Pocket-B) is located in Mitraon village in South-West District of Delhi.
  • The City Forests fall under the jurisdiction of West Forest Division.
  • Mitraon City Forest Pocket-A was established in the year 2016 and covers about 12 acres area.
  • Mitraon City Forest Pocket-B was established in the year 2018 and spans 86 acres.
Map of City Forest

Nasirpur City Forest

  • Nasirpur City Forest is located in Nasirpur village in New Delhi district of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of West Forest Division.
  • The City Forest was established in the year 2000 and extends across 11.5 acres.
Map of City Forest

Alipur City Forest

  • Alipur City Forest is located in Alipur village in North District of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of North Forest Division.
  • It was established in 1999 and covers 48 acres.
Map of City Forest

Mukhmelpur City Forest

  • Mukhmelpur City Forest is located in Mukhmelpur village in North District of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of North Forest Division.
  • It has been established in 2022 and spans in 5 acres area.
Map of City Forest

Taj Enclave City Forest

  • Taj Enclave City Forest is located in East district of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of Central Forest Division.
  • It was established in 2016 and spans 2.1 acres.
Map of City Forest

Shastri Park City Forest(Near Colony )

  • Shastri Park City Forest is located in Shahdra district of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of Central Forest Division.
  • It was established in 2019 and spans 14.1 acres.
Map of City Forest

Garhi Mandu Pkt A2 City Forest

  • GarhiMandu City Forest is located in North-East District of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of Central Forest Division.
  • It was established in 2019 and spans 42.1 acres.
Map of City Forest

City Forest at Shastri Park Metro Station

  • Shastri Park City Forest is located in Shahdra district of Delhi, near the Shastri Park metro station.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of Central Forest Division covering around 45 acrs area.
  • Currently the City Forest is under developmental stage.
Map of City Forest

City Forest at ITO Chungi Loop No. IV

  • ITO City Forest is located in Central District of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of Central Forest Division.
  • The process of establishing this began in 2019 and spans 4.5 acres.
  • It is expected to be inaugurated in July, 2022.
Map of City Forest

Butterfly Trail, Tughlaqabad

  • Butterfly Trail, Tughlaqabad is located in South-East district of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of South Forest Division.
  • It was established in the year 2018 and spans 20.3 acres.
Map of City Forest

Aravali Aranya Kendra, Tughlaqabad

  • Aravalli Aranya Kendra is located in South-East district of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of South Forest Division.
  • It was established in the year 2017 and spans 5 acres.
Map of City Forest

Hauz Rani City Forest

  • Hauz Rani City Forest is situated in the Saket area in South District of Delhi.
  • It falls under the jurisdiction of South Forest Division.
  • It was established in 1994, and spans 86.8 acres.
Map of City Forest

Aya Nagar City Forest

  • Aya Nagar City Forest is located in Aayanagar village of South District of Delhi.
  • It is under development.
  • It extends across 28.6 acres.
Map of City Forest

Jaunapur City Forest

  • Jaunapur City Forest is located in Jaunapur village of South District of Delhi.
  • It extends across 97.8 acres.
Map of City Forest

Dera Mandi City Forest

  • This City Forest falls in Dera Mandi village and has been recently made free of encroachment and free of garbage dumped over large period of time.
  • It extends across 16.8 acres.
Map of City Forest

Chhattarpur City Forest

  • The Chatterpur City Forest is located in South District of Delhi.
  • It falls in Chhattarpur village.
  • It extends across 16.8 acres.
Map of City Forest

Activities

Environment Friendly Infrastructure
  • Eco-friendly walking trail .
  • Installation of solar power system
  • Soil Moisture Conservation activities
  • Bio-remediation of water bodies
  • Bio toilets
Facilities to Visitors
  • Nature Interpretation Centre
  • Signage for visitors
  • Seating facilities with cement or wrought iron benches
  • Watch tower if area is sufficiently big
  • Potable water
  • Online booking
Security Facilities
  • Deployment of Security Guards
  • Portable cabins for staff deployed for safety of visitors
  • Appropriate fencing with aesthetic entry gates
Activities Proposed for Visitors
  • Site specific interpretation themes and designs with emphasis on ecosystem services of urban forests
  • Devise thematic plans for the education and awareness programs and activities to be proposed in the city forests and guidelines thereof
  • Dovetailing of activities in city forests with eco-clubs/nature clubs in the vicinity
  • Areas for long term studies and research in city forests through educational institutions and citizen science forum
  • Involvement of citizens in Eco-restoration activities

Regulation

Regulation of Activities

As per the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, Delhi Preservation of Trees Act, 1994, Indian Forest Act, 1927 the followings are proposed for providing ecological services to citizen on sustainable basis:

  • The premises within the City Forests to be declared as “No Plastic Zone”.
  • Solid Waste Management.
  • No discharge of effluents, pollutants within the city forest premises.
  • No felling, pruning or any kind of damage to the trees.
  • A carrying capacity for each City Forest to be decided.
  • No selling and buying of food materials inside the City Forests.
  • Feeding of wild animals to be strictly prohibited.
  • Only pedestrians to be allowed. Pets disallowed.
  • No playing of sound boxes, DJ etc.
  • No installation of electric lamp posts, electric lights.
  • All activities to be permitted from Sun rise to Sun set.

Facilities

Available and Proposed Facilities in the City Forests (West and North)
S. No. Facilities Mitraon Pkt-A Mitraon Pkt-B Nasirpur Alipur Mukhmelpur
1. Morrum Path ü ü ü ü ü
2. Potable water facility To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done
3 Public conveniences (preferably bio-toilets) To be done ü To be done ü To be done
4 Meditation huts/Eco-vision points ü ü ü ü ü
5 Amphitheatre and open interpretation structures following all directions under DPTA,1994 and orders of Hon’ble Courts X ü ü To be done X
6 Bio-remediation NA NA ü NA NA
7 Water body rejuvenation, if available X X ü X ü
8 Appropriate fencing with aesthetic entry gates ü ü ü ü ü
9 Signage for visitors ü ü ü To be done To be done
10 Portable Cabins for staff deployed for safety of visitors ü ü X To be done X
11 Solar power for all electricity requirements with minimum lighting required To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done
12 Seating facility with cement or wrought iron benches ü ü ü To be done To be done
13 Check dams for water and soil conservations X X X X X
14 Security Guards To be made available To be made available To be made available 6 no. of security guards 6 no. of security guards
15 Watch tower if area is sufficiently big, minimum vegetation is disturbed and view of forest is good NA NA NA NA NA
16 Online booking for permission Under planning Under planning Under planning Under planning Under planning
Available and Proposed Facilities in the City Forests (Central)
S. No. Facilities Taj Enclave Shastri Park near Colony ITO Chungi Loop -IV Garhi Mandu Pocket A2 Shastri Park Metro Station City Forest
1. Morrum Path Existing Path Existing Path Existing Path ü Existing Path
2. Potable water facility To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done
3 Public conveniences (preferably bio-toilets) To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done
4 Meditation huts/Eco-vision points ü ü ü ü To be done
5 Amphitheatre and open interpretation structures following all directions under DPTA,1994 and orders of Hon’ble Courts Under Planning Under Planning Under Planning Under Planning Under Planning
6 Bio-remediation To be done To be done NA To be done To be done
7 Water body rejuvenation, if available ü To be done X To be done To be done
8 Appropriate fencing with aesthetic entry gates ü ü ü ü To be done
9 Signage for visitors ü ü ü ü To be done
10 Portable Cabins for staff deployed for safety of visitors To be done ü ü ü ü
11 Solar power for all electricity requirements with minimum lighting required To be done X To be done To be done To be done
12 Seating facility with cement or wrought iron benches ü ü ü ü To be done
13 Check dams for water and soil conservations X X X X X
14 Security Guards To be made available To be made available To be made available To be made available To be made available
15 Watch tower if area is sufficiently big, minimum vegetation is disturbed and view of forest is good NA NA NA To be made available To be made available
16 Online booking for permission Under planning Under planning Under planning Under planning Under planning
Available and Proposed Facilities in the City Forests (South)
S. No. Facilities Butterfly Trail, Tughlaqabad Aravali Aranya Kendra Hauz Rani Aayanagar Jaunapur Dera Mandi Chhattarpur
1. ü ü ü ü ü ü To be done To be done
2. Potable water facility ü ü ü To be done To be done To be done To be done
3 Public conveniences (preferably bio-toilets) ü ü ü To be done To be done To be done To be done
4 Meditation huts/Eco-vision points ü To be done ü To be done To be done To be done To be done
5 Amphitheatre and open interpretation structures following all directions under DPTA,1994 and orders of Hon’ble Courts ü To be done ü To be done To be done To be done To be done
6 Bio-remediation NA NA NA To be done To be done NA To be done
7 Water body rejuvenation, if available NA NA NA To be done To be done NA NA
8 Appropriate fencing with aesthetic entry gates ü ü ü To be done To be done To be done To be done
9 Signage for visitors To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done
10 Portable Cabins for staff deployed for safety of visitors To be done X X ü To be done To be done To be done
11 Solar power for all electricity requirements with minimum lighting required To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done
12 Seating facility with cement or wrought iron benches To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done To be done
13 Check dams for water and soil conservations X X X ü ü X ü
14 Security Guards ü ü ü To be made available To be made available To be made available To be made available
15 Watch tower if area is sufficiently big, minimum vegetation is disturbed and view of forest is good NA NA NA To be done To be done To be done To be done
16 Online booking for permission Under planning Under planning Under planning Under planning Under planning Under planning Under planning
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