Aapnu Amdavad has a lot to boast about. From being the first city to have been declared India’s first Unesco World Heritage City to being home to some prime educational institutes, this city has gained prominence on the global map. Having said that, the city has its share of dark spots too. The fast diminishing green cover in the city is one of them. India’s fifth largest city has a tree cover of approximately 35 crores (as per a 2017 census), which although is 13% more than the number of trees in 2013, is still not enough. The ongoing metro project has also led to a lot of felling of trees. Taking into consideration all this, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to build vertical gardens in the city. It recently set up a small vertical garden along one of the pillars at the flyover at Helmet crossroads.
What are vertical gardens? Essentially vertical gardens are the kind of gardens that grow vertically, along walls or pillars, with the help of trellis (which are wooden frames) or similar support systems. Such gardens allow people to make use of limited spaces and is an excellent way to give a ‘green’ boost. Vertical gardens generally make use of drip irrigation to water the plants, since traditional forms of watering plants will not be applicable to this form of a garden. These gardens, given their complex structure, are difficult to maintain…
Green’s the word
Leading environmentalist, Katrikeya Sarabhai, shares his opinion on the same, “Our city needs to be much greener. City municipality can invest in road-side plantations to make sure that the city is greener. Given that the city has limited space for tree plantations, vertical gardening would introduce the possibility of a different kind of plantation in the city. The AMC has taken a lead in showing people the existence of another possibility, and that is a good thing”.
Having said that, he adds that vertical gardens will not be able to compensate for the lack of green cover in the city. “Vertical Garden is not the main solution, but is a good possibility. It is required. People need to realize the fact that in any situation, there is a green alternative possibility. One has to see how the concept of vertical gardening evolves and gains acceptance,” concludes Sarabhai.
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