After garnering compliments for developing vertical gardens against the Metro pillars near the Airport area, MahaMetro is now planning to do the same to 200 pillars across the city.
The gardens will be developed with the help of private entities. The private companies who would associate with MahaMetro on this project will be granted advertisement rights on five pillars for every one pillar they would maintain.
As of now, two firms have expressed interest for this. Many more companies are in talks with MahaMetro, as well.
Currently, four pillars are replete with the vertical gardens, two of them being at the Airport South station and two at Rachna T-point on HIngna Road.
MahaMetro has funded the development of these gardens from their own pockets.
By the end of the completion of the Metro Rail project in the city, there will be 1,250 pillars.
With the 1:5 ratio set for the advertising, one can hope to see flourishing vertical gardens on more than 200 pillars in the city.
“The cost of developing one garden is around five lakh rupees. Around five lakh rupees will have to spent on its maintenance for three to four years. The gardens need drip irrigation and water has to be pumped up. It will incur water and electricity charges,” he said.
“The two vertical gardens near airport were developed last year and they survived during this summer. Hence we have decided to go ahead for more of them,” said the source.
The plants that will be chosen for the project are specifically the ones that will bear the Nagpur summer heat. Some of the plants are: euphorbia, phalphysia, yucca, sasivera, nerium, thuja, chuphia, etc.
The area of all the 200 pillars put together will be approximately over 600 square feet and will be 30 feet high.
As per the initial pillars’ estimate, 1,300 plants will be up on one pillar which is said to release 1,300 litres of oxygen on a daily basis. In order to retain the water that will be given to plants, the frames will be made of geo-fabrics. These retain moisture and avoid any damage to the pillars. It takes about 8-10 days to develop vertical garden on one pillar.
Along with the vertical garden, MahaMetro has also taken up many more green initiatives. Earlier, it had asked for permission to cut down 312 trees. NMC granted the permission on the condition of planting 1,565 trees in its place. MahaMetro, instead, planted about 5,000 tress near the Ambazari lake. The Metro project’s energy requirements will be fulfilled by solar power. In fact, even their office at Deekshabhoomi will be air-conditioned using geothermal system.
Information source: timesofindia
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