Turning city’s grey pillars to green

City Environment

Namma metro pillars to soon get vertical gardens across the city to combat air pollution.

Vertical gardens will be installed on the Namma metro pillars to reduce air pollution in the city.

B L Yashavanth Chavan, Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO) of Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation said, “Based on the proposals from the civic body, we will start implementing the plan accordingly. The safety and sustainability of the pillars are very necessary To maintain the pillars, we need to install the vertical gardens a few inches away from the walls of the metro pillars. It will take some time to implement this process.” The idea of vertical gardens was taken from Mexico’s Via Verde scheme, which helped Mexico to fight against air pollution.

In the 15th Finance Commission’s Air Quality Improvement Grants for 2021-22, the government released Rs 139.5 crores to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) is taking steps to promote Bengaluru as a garden city. The civic body came up with a blueprint under which Rs 5 crores will be spent on constructing vertical gardening on metro pillars, flyovers, and Bangalore metropolitan transport corporation bus depots.

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Sri Ravindra P N, Special Commissioner (Projects) of BBMP said, “To combat air pollution in the city, we have released funds to various departments. Vertical gardening will be done on a contract basis. These projects will help improve the city’s air quality.”

Vertical gardens are expected to enhance the look of the city and bring its greenery back.

Krish, a resident of Koramangala said, “I have been living in this city for a few years now and the city has lost its greenery due to metro construction. The vertical gardens will bring back life to the city as well as its  beauty.”

In 2017, a few metro pillars at MG Road and Electronic City expressway had vertical gardens installed on them, but they were removed due to ensuing dampness.

“Vertical gardening will help the city to improve the air quality index. Most of the plantation drives are euphoric, and the maximum of the plants die due to no maintenance. So, if maintained regularly for at least two years, it will help the city to combat air pollution,” said Sridhar, an environmentalist.

The metro pillars of Kolkata, Kochi, Pune, and Hyderabad are among the cities with vertical gardens.


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