Kolkata: After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken the initiative to make New Town a green city. Now Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will set up more urban forests in New Town to increase its green cover.
HIDCO had planted 65,000 saplings in 2017. A survey was conducted to find out how many saplings have died and following that, new saplings were planted in those areas. In 2018, thousands of saplings will be planted on Forest week.
There are parks in every block and they are being maintained carefully. Swapno Bhor, a retreat meant for senior citizens, has a lush green park covering an area of 3 acres. Trees are also being planted throughout New Town.
The Wasteland Forest Development Corporation has set up a tall tree nursery and tall tree saplings are being sold from there at affordable prices. There is enthusiasm among the residents of different housing complexes to plant tall trees and look after them.
Big trees are being grown on 3 acres of land in Eco Park. Another urban forest comprising only Neem trees will come up on 5 acres of land. HIDCO has decided to plant trees in small parks and similar land, to increase the green cover of New Town.