Question raised in Lok Sabha on Green Cover, 21/03/2017. As per the study Urban Greening Guidelines, the per capita availability of green space may decline due to increase in urban population. The city wise details are given in Annexure-I. The Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) implemented by Ministry of Urban Development has also inter-alia objective of increasing the amenity value of cities by developing greenery and well maintained open spaces (e.g. parks). The details of funds earmarked for city parks under AMRUT are at Annexure-II.

Previous studies indicate that the design of streets and sidewalks can influence physical activity among residents. Park features also influence park use and park-based physical activity. Although individuals can walk on streets and sidewalks, walking loops in parks offer a setting to walk in nature and to avoid interruptions from traffic. Here the researchers describe the use of walking loops in parks and compare the number of park users and their physical activity in urban neighborhood parks with and without walking loops.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Progressive Resident Welfare Association Versus Haryana Urban Development Authority dated 22/12/2016 regarding converting a colony park into residential plots in sector 23-A, West Zone, Gurgaon, Haryana.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Rajeev Raheja Vs. Delhi Municipal Corporation & Ors. dated 01/09/2016 regarding use of green belt area at Gokhale Market, Mori Gate Area near Tikona Park Opp. Gate No. 6, Tis Hazari Court, Delhi for illegal running of heavy vehicle workshops and parking of buses and trucks.

Green, natural environments may ameliorate adverse environmental exposures (e.g., air pollution, noise, and extreme heat), increase physical activity and social engagement, and lower stress. Researchers aimed to examine the prospective association between residential greenness and mortality.

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Manhattan skyscrapers, rather than rustic rural towns, are quickly becoming the picture of sustainable living in the twenty-first century. San Francisco, Copenhagen and Singapore each top their regions in the Green City Index. As sites of innovation and economic dynamism, these places exemplify a blend of density and livability that large, prosperous cities in the 'global south', such as Mumbai in India and São Paulo in Brazil, increasingly emulate.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of F Block Resident Welfare Association Vs. State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 11/08/2016 regarding illegal constructions on the green belt of F- Block Shastri Nagar, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. NGT disposes of the Application with the order that all illegal constructions standing on the green belt to be removed.

Urban green space provides health benefits for city dwellers, and new evidence suggests that microorganisms associated with soil and vegetation could play a role. While airborne microorganisms are ubiquitous in urban areas, the influence of nearby vegetation on airborne microbial communities remains poorly understood.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Ananth Bhat Vs Bangalore Development Authority dated 05/07/2016 regarding encroachment and destruction of a public playground, Koramangala, Bangalore. Tribunal dismisses the Application.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shailendra Jain vs. M/s Devi Ahilya New Cloth Market Company & Others dated 01/07/2016 regarding violation of the green belt as indicated in the master plan for ecological and environmental purposes by M/s Devi Ahilya New Cloth Market Company while developing their areas.