A huge plot of land being used as a dumping site to dispose of garbage and full of encroachments has been converted into a garden in Mumbai’s Malad (west) by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
More than 4,000 saplings have been planted in the park — known as the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Garden and the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Garden — by the BMC. Over 500 hutments had to be removed from the plot by the BMC to create the garden located on Marve Road.
BMC officials said that the plot in Mumbai — later used as a dumping site and then converted into a garden — was taken over by the civic body in 2002. It had been lying unused since then.
“This garden is now very popular among residents of Malad West area. Apart from trees, we have created pathways for walkers, installed a gazebo and even constructed a toilet for visitors,” The Times Of India quoted a senior civic official as saying.
“There were around 550 hutments which were removed in 2014. Now, there is a 2km long mud pathway. Because of the different varieties of trees, many of which are medicinal, many botany students visit the garden. It is very popular among butterfly watchers and bird watchers too,” the official said.
According to officials, the garden was opened in the year 2017 but has become fully functional with the fully grown trees.