Saboo Siddik Polytechnic to organise a 'coconut plantation drive' at Marina Bay

The drive will be carried out in association with Mission Green Mumbai, which is donating 200 coconut trees for the initiative


As part of Plantation Drive 2018 of Government of Maharashtra, Anjuman-i-Islam's M. H. Saboo Siddik Polytechnic (MHSSP), Byculla is organising a coconut plantation drive at CPRA garden at Cuffe Parade on Thursday.

The drive will be carried out in association with Mission Green Mumbai under the leadership of Subhajit Mukherjee. The NGO is donating a total of 200 coconut trees worth more than ₹60,000 for the initiative. Cuffe Parade Residents Association is also extending its support by making an enclosure for the trees at Marina Bay. 

Volunteers from CPRA and Mission Green Mumbai will take part in the plantation drive. More than 50 students from (MHSSP) are enlisted with the drive. The event will be attended by Popular author Amish Tripathi as well as several eminent industrialists, philanthropists, educationalists, government officers and social workers.

The plantation drive will kick off at 09:30 on Thursday. Yuva Sena President Aditya Thackeray is also expected to be present for the drive.

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Mumbai has lost 60 per cent of its green cover in the last 40 years. The city’s tree cover, which was more than 35 per cent in the 1970s, is less than 13 per cent today.

According to Manoj Deshmukh, Head of Department of Civil Engineering, MHSSP, the drive expects to touch the initial cover mark again.

We need to expand the vegetation cover up to 60-70 per cent in order to curb climatic imbalances in nature,” he said.

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