Our city has become a concrete jungle but it was once known as the ‘Land of Trees’ because of its rich flora. In today’s date, a lot of trees are being cut down in order to develop the city. With climate change and environmental problems getting more grave day by day, it is very important for the flora to rise up again.
The BMC has urged people to plant trees and give the environment utmost importance. Because of a shortage of trees, birds are getting affected as well. In order to restore the flora in the city, trees like Mango, Chikoo, Guava, Black Plum (Jambul), Indian gooseberry (Amla) and Pride of India (Taman) are going to be planted by people soon.
BMC is going to provide people with seeds during the monsoons and people who are keen on planting trees in their society will be encouraged. If a particular society has planted five or more trees, BMC’s Garden and Trees Department will help them plant more trees and enlighten them about the tree plantation procedure, said Dr Kishor Kshirsagar.
Birds don’t have enough fruits to eat as the number of fruit bearing trees are less. In order to change that, BMC is encouraging people to plant fruit bearing trees in their society.
Maharashtra’s state flower, Pride of India (Taman), is becoming a rarity these days. Birds love the seeds of this particular tree. BMC has decided to plant fruit bearing trees in the Malabar Hill area. People who want to plant trees between July 1 to 7, 2017 have been asked to contact Garden and Trees Department of BMC.
Between 2014 and 2016
Total number of trees cut: 7842
Total number of trees planted: 13,070
Total number of trees whose branches were cut: 28,787
Trees planted in the last three years