NMMC is currently underway in developing a green space in various parts of the city under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). However, there has come about a change in the plan with regards to the usage of concrete.
During a site visit, NMMC commissioner Ramaswamy N instructed the engineering department to reduce the usage of concrete. The civic chief wants the department to study the new technology of utilizing mud and soil instead.
Ramaswamy said, “To retain the natural look of the area and do justice to the concept of green zone development, the engineering department has been asked to implement the technology wherein mud is to be used for landscaping purposes. Use of concrete should be reduced to bare minimum.”
The civic administration has undertaken mass plantation work at the Jewel of Navi Mumbai park in Nerul, Mini seashore of Vashi and adjacent to the stormwater drainage channel of sector 20 Ghansoli.
Around Rs. 5 crores will be spent in developing the green spaces. The government will fund 50% of the cost while 25% will be covered by the state. The rest of the cost will be funded by the corporation. As per the scheme, the many spots chosen within the cities will be turned by to green spaces by planting a large number of trees. There will also be amenities provided like pathways and seating area for residents.
Landscaping work like the pathways, boundary walls surrounding the tree and even the seating arrangement at the green belt will also be made of mud.
“It is a new technology wherein mud and soil can be used for construction purposes. We have asked the concerned company to visit the areas to ascertain whether the concept can be implemented or not,” said the city engineer Mohan Dagaonkar.