Bhayandar: Frequently criticised by nature lovers and activists for neglecting trees and letting them die, the Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) which has been in the news mostly for wrong reasons has finally got some reason to cheer.
With several rain trees in the twin-city dying due to mealybug attacks, MBMC’s Tree Authority led by Garden Superintendent Hansraj Meshram, under the instructions of municipal commissioner- Dr. Naresh Gite has embarked upon a pilot project to ‘bring to life’ such dead trees in the twin-city.
The amazing and extraordinary initiative using coats of colourful paints scripted with social awareness messages including Save and Educate the Girl Child and also themes promoting greenery and safeguarding our natural environment. Normally dead trees are chopped up completely as they pose a danger to pedestrians and parked vehicles, besides being an eyesore. However, after ensuring their proper stability the civic personnel are not only keeping them alive in some form and turning them memorable in an artistic manner, but are also planting new ones besides them to maintain the ecological balance.
“We basically paint dead trees to make them beautiful works of art, but more importantly to create awareness on social issues. However, our stress is upon proper care and maintenance of existing trees and ensure maximum plantation for new ones too,” said an official from the Tree Authority which has chalked out an elaborate road map to implement the artwork project in other areas where such trees have succumbed to mealybug attacks and old age.
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