The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation is going to follow the Puducherry pattern to increase the green cover of the city, said Ashok Rankham, commissioner, Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation.
“Currently Ulhasnagar is known as a cement jungle,” he said, adding that he hoped the city would be known as a ‘Green Ulhasnagar’ in five years’ time, when the new plan’s effects would become visible.
The city of Puducherry in the southern state of Tamil Nadu enacted a proposal a few years ago wherein each family had to plant a tree with the birth of a child or a death of a person in the house.
The civic body would give saplings to any family that arrived to fill birth and death certificate forms. The family would not only plant the tree, but also take care of it, and the plant would have the family’s name plate.
Ashok Rankhamb was talking to the media during Vasundhara Divas (Earth Day) celebrations.
The commissioner added that the civic body would be planting 25,000 plants in the city this year with the help of the Rotary Club of Ulhasnagar and other organisations, who had helped scout for suitable planting locations.