Looks like Bengaluru is trying its best to live up to the expectation of being the ‘garden city’ of India.
After a vertical garden was installed on one of the pillars of Electronic City expressway a few months ago, an adjoining pillar under the same flyover got its green makeover on Tuesday.
An attempt towards curbing the rising levels of pollution in the city, the project was given a nod after a vertical garden was installed on a Metro pillar on MG Road, which found its inspiration from a similar initiative in Mexico City.
Apart from keeping the air clean, the gardens are helping make the cityscape of Bengaluru a lot more appealing.
The project has been the undertaken by SayTrees, an NGO that works towards raising environmental consciousness among people in the city through various plantation drives.
“The idea behind constructing vertical gardens was to make the city landscape aesthetic and at the same time reduce air pollution. The journey has not been easy since we installed our first on a pillar in March this year,” said Durgesh Agrahari, who is the head of partnership and projects of SayTrees, according to IndiaTimes.
After experimenting with about 20 to 25 saplings of different types, they studied the adaptability of the plants under a harsh environment filled with exhaust fumes from vehicles and dust, especially during the rush hours.
During the implementation of the pilot project, the team found that almost 90 per cent of the saplings were able to sustain, and singled these out for future projects.
“We also had issues with the maintenance of the structure. Irrigating the plants was a problem, especially after we had realised some people were stealing the motors that pumped water for the gardens. For the pilot, we used plastic pots and learned that a lot of our saplings were being stolen,” Durgesh added.
Hence, the NGO cast an eco-friendly wooden platform coupled with other materials, replacing not just the plastic content but also reducing the chances of saplings being filched.
You can reach out to SayTrees at email@example.com.