The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claims to have met with a higher survival rate after planting tall trees across the city, so now they will be getting on one lakh more such trees.
These one-lakh trees will either be bought from nurseries in Gujarat, Pune, and Karjat and will cost Rs 1.5 crore.
“We have invited tenders and will try to bring them from nurseries that are closer to the city to cut the transportation cost,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner (gardens), Chandrashekhar Rokde.
Last year the BMC had bought about 5,000 tall trees from Rajmundry nursery in Andhra Pradesh and have till date planted 4,500 of them across the city.
However, importing of these trees saw a lot of opposition from the environmental activist.
The trees, which will come by next month, will be of 30 varieties, some 15,000 trees will be of ficus species and the rest will include some exotic species.
“We will be planting them along the roads, most of them in the playgrounds and also around the defunct mills,” added Rokde.
The idea behind getting tall trees is that saplings are more vulnerable to dying if not taken proper care. But tall trees are sturdy and strong enough even to stand wind currents and hence have a chance of surviving better.
“The height of these trees will be 10-20 feet and most of them will be shade giving plants,” he added.
However, there have been instances of these trees dying. According to the data available with the municipal corporation at least 10 tall trees have died.
“They have died either due to digging of roads or have collapsed,” he added.