3 July 2020.
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar on Thursday inaugurated the urban forest at the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) Office Park at 10 Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg in New Delhi.
- In a year’s time this forest will eventually develop into a dense urban forest with multiple tree layers including 12000 saplings of indigenous species in another.
- An example for other offices it will be an attraction for Delhites.
- The objective of coming up with the urban forest is to reduce high air pollution levels particularly at the ITO Crossing.
- The unique design of the urban forest consists of recreational, artistic and meditation zones. The winding pathways, watchtower, gazebo, and sitting spaces.
- The species selected for the urban forest are part of Delhi’s potential natural vegetation and are best suited to the region’s terrain, climate and soil.
- With minimal maintenance, including watering and de-weeding, the urban forest will be self-sustainable in two years.
- The urban dense forest ecosystem has been created in an area that is little over 1 acre in size.
- It has an ecosystem which has the capacity to restore habitat for birds, bees, butterflies and micro fauna.
- These are essential for pollination of crops and fruits and to help maintain a balanced ecosystem.
- Miyawaki method has been used to grow this forest.
- This technique was invented by Japanese Botanist Akira Miyawaki.
- Under this method, Urban Forest will be able to increase the moisture by more than 40 % and reduce the surrounding temperature by up to 14 degrees.