Kashmir has always been compared to Paradise or Heaven.Right from the Mughal times it has served as a summer retreat for the rulerswho came from far off places. Apart from a cool climate in summer (incidentallyit is not that cool now!) its attraction has been the abundant greenery. Themajestic towering Chinars are a symbol of that greenery notwithstanding thefact that we have been mercilessly cutting these hundreds of years old symbolictrees! Our soil is so fertile that rain for a few days or so makes grass growautomatically to turn the area green. Unfortunately, a virtual population explosionin the city because of every one wanting to come here to stay and work, ourgreen space has been drastically reduced. Recently, the Town PlanningOrganisation had circulated a master plan for making Srinagar a smart city.There was also a plan for increasing the green spaces in the city. As per urbandevelopment norms circulated by the Union Urban Development Ministry, a citylike Srinagar should have a minimum of 570 hectares (11,268 kanals) of landunder organized parks and gardens. In contrast the city only has 287 hectares(5,673 kanals) of such space spread over 169 parks. The World HealthOrganisation has fixed the minimum organized space for every citizen of city tobe 9 square meters. Unfortunately, the capital city of the Paradise has only 2.6square meters per citizen!