Concerned over rising temperature in the city, the environment wing of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will change in its approach to plantation.
1500 Shady Trees for Green Canopy
Instead of planting decorative and fast-growing trees, the BMC will go for shady trees from the coming monsoon to create a green canopy on city roads, official sources said. The BMC has selected two species of trees for the plantation drive. About 1,500 such trees would be planted on the vacant patches in different wards as well as medians.
“We have decided to plant Karanja and Jamu saplings. In the next meeting with forest officials, we will finalize the sites,” said BMC environment officer B K Routray.
The Karanja species will take a minimum of five years to grow and create a canopy, Routray added.
BMC sources said the two species thrive in all seasons and the trees don’t shed leaves even in autumn.
“If we are successful in creating a green cover through the trees, the ambient (immediate surrounding) temperature will come down,” said a forest officer. Earlier, the BMC identified 20 roads in the city for planting Neem trees to cool the ambient atmosphere. “It is a scientifically proven fact that apart from Karanja and Jamu, Neem trees also have the potential to cool the atmosphere,” said Routray.
The city forest department, which is the nodal agency for plantation, will aid BMC in the drive. The plantation work will be done either on public-private partnership mode or through the Odisha Forest Development Corporation, official sources said.
Courtesy: The Times of India
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