Prodded by the urban development department, the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) will set up vertical gardens on the pillars of Maa flyover. The initiative will start on the EM Bypass stretch. This will act not only as a beautification drive but will also increase the green cover.
KMDA sources said it has been asked to prepare a project proposal for the vertical gardens on the pillars of Maa flyover. “Initially, about 10 to 15 pillars from EM Bypass end will be selected to host the vertical gardens. If the first phase is successful, the initiative would be extended on the Maa flyover pillars towards Park Circus,” a KMDA official said.
Structural engineers have welcomed the initiative, saying that it will help to increase greenery and boost the oxygen levels on stretches where pollution is high. “The additional load of the vertical gardens on flyover or bridge pillars is negligible. Such initiative is highly appreciated,” said construction engineer Anjan Kumar Dutta.
The vertical garden concept has become very popular in cities across the globe.
In New Town, Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) has already developed vertical gardens on several of the Metro rail pillars on the main arterial road. Hidco now plans to use internet-of-things (IoT) to facilitate watering the plants. The authorities have planted creepers such as bougainvillea and madhabilata to develop the vertical gardens on the Metro pillars.
More such gardens are coming up on Metro pillars, on which flower pots will be placed with jute or tin covers. An IoT device with a sensor will also be fixed on the pillars that would send an alert to the gardens’ control room whenever the plants need watering. Water pipes will be fixed with the vertical garden as it would automatically start watering the garden after receiving the signal.
Source: Times of India