The Miyawaki way: Ghaziabad to turn barren land into an urban forest | Ghaziabad News – Times of India


GHAZIABAD: To control the air pollution in the city, the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation will initiate a drive to convert 86 acres of free barren land into dense urban forest cover inspired by Miyawaki — a Japanese style of plantation.
Ghaziabad was recently identified as the world’s second most polluted city by Air IQ, a Swiss organisation. Following this, the GMC identified land for the green initiative and has set an estimated budget of Rs 5 crore from its air quality management fund.
As part of an experiment, the GMC in consultation with a Miyawaki expert on Sunday converted a 1,700sqm plot at the Sai Upwan forest area near the Hindon River Metro Station. As many as 2,021 plants from 28 various species were planted. Participants from various parts of the NCR joined this afforestation drive following an announcement on social media by the consulting NGO. The same method will be used to green barren patches in five different parts of the city – the largest of which will be near a plot of land near the Mahamaya stadium.
“The plantation drive done in the forest area at Sai Upwan was an experiment to see how the Miyawaki technique works. Now, we will take the project to land parcels all over the city. We have funds with us for air control measures, which we are going to use to develop this urban forest. What else can be better than creating a dense urban forest to help clean the city?” Mahender Singh Tanwar, Commissioner, GMC told TOI.
Miyawaki is a technique pioneered by Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki. It helps build dense and native forests. The system helps to ensure plant growth ten times faster and the resulting plantation is 30 times denser than usual. It involves planting dozens of native species in the same area and becomes maintenance-free after the first three years.

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