In an effort to turn Rajarhat and New Town greener, full-grown trees have been brought from elsewhere and replanted following the ‘tall-tree plantation’ technique.
KMDA brought fourteen trees, including chatim, banyan, peepal, krishnachura and radhachura from Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas district. The trees have been replanted on a stretch beside gate number 4 of Eco Park.
The West Bengal Waste Land Development Corporation had organised a workshop a few months back to discuss the technique. HIDCO embraced the concept and took up the task.
By means of the tall-tree plantation technique, a tree is scientifically picked up along with its roots using heavily mechanised technology.
Each planting requires the removal of a soil plug from the place where the tree is to be planted, thereby creating a hole for the new tree. Typically, this plug is hauled to the location of the tree which will be uprooted and dropped into the hole it will leave.
The uprooted tree is then transported carefully so that the root does not get damaged and then replanted at the desired location. Doing this not only helps save the trees which were doomed but also assists in attaining quicker and better benefits as compared to compensatory plantation.
As development projects are initiated, trees are cut down and agencies find it difficult to carry out compensatory plantation. This technique has an edge over compensatory plantation as it is quick, efficient and requires much less post-plantation care. Saplings take a very long time to grow and need a lot of supervision.
More such initiatives are in the pipeline to maintain the ecological balance. New Town has a lot of development and infrastructure building going on. Its main arterial road has been declared as a green corridor and saplings have been planted on the road divider. Given the level of environmental consciousness now, New Town’s future looks green and lush.
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