Hyderabad: Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) took initiative of massive plantation program; the decision was taken in a high level meeting. 25 lakh saplings would be planted this year in open spaces, 1,500 graveyards, and bunds of 169 water bodies, universities, and factories and on the 380km roads that are being beautified.
Somesh Kumar, GHMC Commissioner and Special Officer, informed that nurseries would be set up in the 18 major parks under the civic body and a horticultural expert would provide technical expertise to people who want to plant trees and take up gardening in colonies and parks, he added that it was not just the duty of the corporation but the onus lied on all citizens, Residential Welfare Associations (RWAs) and Non Government Organizations to join hands and green the city.
The GHMC spending Rs 1,500 per sapling. Trees would also be planted on either side of road and the trees causing obstruction would be trans located.
Open spaces in the graveyards which spread over 15 acres in the city will be planted fast growing plants.
Hyderabad has about 8% green cover and is among the lowest in the country and now targeting on 20% green cover. Delhi has about 20% green cover, Chandigarh has 15% and Gandhinagar has 40% green cover.
Priyanka Varghese, Officer on Special Duty at the Chief Minister’s office, director, Urban Forestry, senior officers of GHMC, Horticultural Department and environmentalist took part in the meeting.