96 Acres. 550 Trees. 30 Days. Mumbai Police Show Us the Way – Convert Barren Land into an Orchard


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Marol police headquarters which had 96 acres of barren land now flaunts an orchard with 550 fruit bearing trees. Here is how the men in uniform became environment enthusiasts and made it possible in just a month.

Looking to add some green cover to your house? You can take inspiration from the Marol police officials, who, in an inspirational move, have transformed a 96-acre barren plot into an orchard. That too, within a month!

The Marol police headquarters in Andheri East, Mumbai, which was once situated on a barren land, now flaunts a beautiful orchard that hosts about 550 fruit bearing trees.

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The land, which also has a training centre and a residential complex other than the headquarters, showcases 250 kesar mango trees from Ratnagiri apart from other trees like amla, tamarind, black plum, chikoo, star apples, custard apples and banana.

Guided by environment experts from Kandivli and Andheri, the police officials chose the type of trees to be planted, worked every day to clean the land and planted new trees to increase the green cover on the land.

The experts also taught them about the right methods of planting fruit trees, and crucial things about tree plantation like leaving an equal distance between each plant, removing excess soil, planting the roots straight and providing enough water.

Earlier, the green cover was only 40 percent, which has increased to 75 percent after this incredible move.

A team of 19 police personnel has also been selected to clear the plastic waste from around the trees. The team has been selected on the basis of their prior farming experience. The police focused more on fruit-bearing trees since they would be beneficial for the fauna and will also benefit the residents at the same time.

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