Garbage dump at Ludhiana's Focal Point to be converted into mini-forest

Garbage dump at Ludhiana's Focal Point to be converted into mini-forest

Residents plant saplings at a garbage dumping site in Ludhiana. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 1o

With the efforts of the Municipal Corporation (MC), a few industrialists and Rohit Mehra, known as the Green Man of India, a garbage dumping site in the Focal Point area is being converted into a “mini-forest”. The huge chunk of land is being converted into a small forest but the trees being planted here will bear fruits in future.

Income Tax Officer Rohit Mehra said a total of 6,000 plants and trees would be planted in the area with the help of the MC and FICCI FLO. On 3,000 square land, this mini jungle will have all the saplings planted within next 15 days. Mehra said it was not easy to convert it into a green belt because while digging, iron and scrap was found all over as it was a dumpyard.

The mini-jungle will have trees such as jamun, guava, neem, bil, peepal and many others having various ayurvedic qualities.

Suraj Udyog has happily agreed to adopt the land in the most polluted area to create a mini-forest based on the principle of Vriksha Ayurveda under the guidance of Geetanjali Mehra and Rohit Mehra.

The idea behind creating the project triggered keeping in mind the current scenario where people are spending their entire life savings just to buy oxygen for their loved ones amid the Covid crisis.

Richa Bassi from Suraj Udyog said that Ludhiana is an industrial hub. “I am sure if every industrial house adopts a small chunk of land to make the city greener.

We should always give back to our mother earth from whom we get everything”, said Bassi.

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