The city fondly referred to as the “Garden City” has been witnessing its green cover diminish over the years due to rapid urbanisation and urban development projects. The Namma Metro project itself has been the reason for hundreds of trees being felled across the city.
And now the very project is going to be the reason for just a little bit more greenery in and around Bengaluru.
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Using a method called hydroponics (process of growing plants in mediums like sand and gravel using nutrients rather than soil), the vertical towers that support the metro rail tracks are being converted into vertical gardens. With the permission of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) the project is being spearheaded by a startup called Hydrobloom. So far the company has installed these vertical gardens in one of the pillars at a central location, and the project will be expanded to other pillars based on how successful its implementation is.
The managing director of Hydrobloom has been quoted in the Times of India as saying, “Once we succeed in getting required results, the project will be taken up on the entire stretch of MG Road. We will also look for sponsors under corporate social responsibility. The vertical garden project is ideal for cities like Bengaluru where pollution levels have increased at an alarming rate.”
As of right now, there are about 800 plants in the garden and the company hopes that this leads to a positive change in the city in making it less polluted and more green in the process.
Hydrobloom can be contacted through this number: 9902889247