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Greenery blueprint to combat pollution

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The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to combat pollution with greenery. Announcing a plan to undertake scientific plantation of trees that absorb the maximum pollution and release large quantities of oxygen, mayor Firhad Hakim said an expert committee was being constituted to suggest what species of trees were required to be planted where.

“We need massive plantation to reduce pollution in Kolkata. Hence, we are planning to go big on rooftop plantations and vertical gardens. KMC will utilise its properties to create rooftop gardens. We will encourage building owners to do the same and are even considering a proposal of offering FAR incentives to buildings that contribute substantially to the city’s greenery,” mayor Firhad Hakim announced, adding that KMC’s parks and squares department would undertake the initiative with the state’s urban forestry department.

Green activists have for long been calling for scientific plantation. For instance, avenue trees needed to be slim and sturdy with big leaves to absorb pollution. On the other hand, big trees with wide trunks are suited for green verges.

Given the paucity of space in Kolkata, the mayor said KMC would reach out to Railways and Kolkata Port Trust, both of which own large tracts of land, to carry out plantation in areas that they weren’t exploiting commercially.

“KoPT has land in Kidderpore and between Majerhat and Durgapur Bridge that are unutilized. They can plant trees there to create a green belt. In case they want, we can carry out the plantation for them. Similarly, railways has lands along the river in north Kolkata that can be utilized for plantation,” said Hakim.

KMC will also promote vertical gardens along walls and pillars to make the most in a city where open space is limited.

Source: Times of India

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