BMC to plant 3.7 lakh trees in Mumbai

BMC to plant 3.7 lakh trees in Mumbai
The civic body will plant the trees using the Miyawaki method at 64 gardens & grounds in the city at a reported cost of Rs 36 crore (Representational Image, Courtesy: BMC P-South Ward)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee on Thursday cleared a Rs 36 crore proposal to plant 3.7 lakh trees in the city.

According to reports, the trees will be planted using the Miyawaki method, in which multi-layered saplings are planted close to each other, at gardens and playgrounds that come under its jurisdiction.

The technique was introduced by BMC chief Praveen Pardeshi in a bid to increase the green cover in the city.

The civic body has chosen 64 gardens and grounds, spanning around 31 acres for the project. It will spend roughly Rs 900 on planting each tree.

The trees will be grown in groups to create small forest-like conditions in the city’s open spaces.

Earlier this year, the Shiv Sena-led BMC had earlier approved the felling of over 2,000 trees at Aarey Colony, considered the city’s green lung, for constructing the car shed for Metro-3.

However, after coming to power in the state, the project was stalled and orders were issued to prevent the felling of even a single tree. Authorities are now investigating if the car shed can be moved to an alternate location outside Aarey.

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