BMC turns dumpyard into botanical garden

The Rs 6-crore project will offer walking track, botanical plants, replicas of forts and Warli art decoration to residents of  Sion and Chembur East next month

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s plan to convert a dumping ground into a botanical garden will achieve a two-fold aim when it opens to public next month. One, it will provide the residents of Sion and Chembur East area a recreation spot and secondly, it will keep encroachers and anti-social elements at bay.

The themed-botanical garden which will offer residents of Sion and Chembur East a recreational area
The themed-botanical garden which will offer residents of Sion and Chembur East a recreational area

For this, the civic body will spend Rs 6 crore.

The six-acre plot near Priyadarshini circle in Kurla East along the Eastern Express Highway used to be a dumping ground for garbage and debris from nearby construction sites.

he Warli painting at the park. Pic/Suresh KK
He Warli painting at the park. Pic/Suresh KK

An official from BMC’s Garden Department told sunday mid-day that the plot is surrounded by slums on three sides “The garden will have more than 100 types of medicinal shrubs, flowering plants and bushes,” an official said.

The amount has been spent on landscaping, construction of boundary walls, and installation of lights. The walls of the garden will be decorated with Warli paintings and a small office inside the garden has also been constructed like a tribal hut. Inside the garden,  replicas of Colaba Fort, Purandar Fort and Shivneri Fort have been installed.

The project has been nine months in the making with the contractor spending the first three months in cleaning the area, moving the debris and levelling the ground. A boundary wall with barbed wires was constructed to ensure anti-social elements stay out. No entry fee will be charged to visitors.

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