BMC Turned a Garbage Dumping Site in Malad Into a Fully-Grown Garden

BMC Turned a Garbage Dumping Site in Malad Into a Fully-Grown Garden

A large garbage dumping plot at Malad (West) has been converted into a garden by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In addition to the dumping of garbage, this land was also filled with illegal encroachments.

The plot is called the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Garden with the civic body planting more than 4,000 saplings in the region spanning 2.75 lakh square feet. The BMC reportedly had to remove around 500 hutments on the plot to create this garden. 

BMC officials said that even though the plot was taken over way back in 2002, it had been lying dormant since then, resulting in the region turning into a garbage dumping site. However, civic officials took the initiative to revamp this space in 2007.

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“This garden is now very popular among residents of Malad West area. Apart from trees, we have created pathways for walkers, installed a gazebo and even constructed a toilet for visitors,” a senior civic official said.

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“There were around 550 hutments which were removed in 2014. Now, there is a 2km long mud pathway. Because of the different varieties of trees, many of which are medicinal, many botany students also visit the garden. It is very popular among butterfly watchers and bird watchers too,” the official added.

It’s worth specifying that the garden was official opened in 2017 and has now become fully functional as most of the saplings have grown to their capacity.

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