To increase the green cover in the city, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has decided to launch a “green wall” gardening project on a pilot basis. The officials said the work was likely to commence in January. Civic officials said that the civic body has been taking several initiatives to increase the green cover of the city, including planting trees and mangroves in the past few years. The idea of the green wall gardening came from Thane civic chief Sanjeev Jaiswal after he saw it being implemented in a foreign country, said an official.
“In the last 2-3 years, we have planted five lakh trees and the survival ratio is more than 80 per cent. Besides, we have also planted around 50,000 mangroves. Our constant attempt is to increase the green cover in the city. The green wall gardening project will be carried out at one place on a pilot basis. We may replicate it in other places if it works out well,” said Jaiswal, who has initiated this project.
Officials said the pilot project would be implemented along the Majiwada flyover in Thane. “It will be a vertical garden. The creepers would be planted along both sides of Majiwada flyover slopes. The portion below the bridge has already been beautified. The height of the creepers will be adjusted with the height of the slopes on both ends of the flyover. After the work is completed, the greenery will be there throughout the year,” said an official.
The official added that the work can be completed in a month. “The creepers will be planted in trays. It will have the drip irrigation system for watering the creepers,” added the official. Another official said the tenders for it have been floated already and the contractor may be finalised in a month and a half. “Now, we have appointed a consultant for the project who is helping us. The estimated cost is being working out,” added the official.
A senior official said the project would help prevent the spitting menace on flyovers in the city. “We hope that the people may stop spitting on flyovers or walls after seeing these creepers. It will make the city more clean,” added the official.