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Census puts New Town tree count at 23K

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The latest tree census in New Town shows the township has 22,800 tall trees in the township, with peltophorums (Radhachura) that have yellow blossoms, Arjun and palm trees lining the roads the most. The authorities also plan to plant creepers, such as bougainvillea and madhabilata to increase the green cover.

Classified and counted using artificial intelligence technology, the trees, taller than 6 feet high, have been numbered and plotted on an AutoCAD mapping system. New Town Kolkata Development Authority, which carried out the census, said they expected the green cover to increase next year, by when saplings recently planted will attain considerable heights.

In its green drive, the NKDA has already planted around 80 bakul trees in the township and one more was planted at Eco Park on Bon Mahotsav Day on July 14. “Plans are on to put creepers, such as bougainvillea and madhabilata, on the wire-net fences near the parking area of Eco Park’s Gate 1 this Sunday. The creepers, with its bright blossoms, will camouflage the concrete background,” said an official. Inside the park, too, the authorities have created small pockets of greenery—‘Rain Forest’ and ‘Rabi Aranya’—where tall trees have flourished, turning the zones into urban forests. Besides, plans are on to line up a stretch of the main arterial road with rubber trees. A landscaped forest cover is being developed in Action Area II . “Private firms in New Town are encouraged to develop green zones on their campuses,” an NKDA official said.

To increase the green cover of the township, NKDA has taken up a number of initiatives, including the setting up a ‘Neem Banani’, an avenue with neem trees along it, near Tank 14. The authorities, along with the forest department, has also set up a tall-tree nursery on a five-acre of land in Action Area 1D, from where saplings of different species are supplied. They include bakul, neem, palm, coconut, guava and mango. Apart from looking to increase their vertical garden initiative, under which one Metro pillar has been covered with shrubs, plans are on to have 21 types of dust-absorbing trees to cut down on pollution in New Town.


Source: Times of India

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