While holding a meeting to implement the horticulture plan for the next fiscal, authority officials on Friday discussed ways to improve the city landscape. A decision to plant only a certain variety of trees was taken in the meeting.
As part of the plan, the city will be divided into 10 clusters and 1,052 trees of the various species selected by an expert group will be planted across the central verge. Bombax Ceiba (silk-cotton tree), champa, gular, tota pari, bottle brush, amaltas, neem, gulmohar, arjuna and maulshree are some varieties that will be planted.
The locations which will be revamped under the new strategy are – Alpha 1, Alpha 2, Delta 1, Knowledge Park 4, Eta 1, Zeta and Lambda 1 among others. The trees will be planted over the central verge of the key arterial roads passing through the sectors.
Deep Chandra, additional chief executive officer of the authority, said, “It will take three to four years to get desired results. Only a specific species of the tree will be planted in a particular cluster to give it a unique look. The idea is to have trees of uniform shape and size in a location. Apart from changing the look of the entire town it will also give a distinct identity to that sector in the coming years. Residents and regular visitors will be able to distinguish in which sector they are present by simply looking at the trees.”
The existing plants on the median and central verge will be replaced with the new variety. Fully grown trees will not be touched or disturbed but small plants and saplings will be shifted to parks or green belts.