Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) is a flagship scheme of Central Government, which aims to provide cities with amenities including water supply, sanitation, open spaces and a pollution-free environment. Maharashtra Government selected 43 cities in the state for urban transformation under AMRUT.
Under AMRUT scheme Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation decided to develop four gardens at Shahu-nagar, Laxmi-nagar and Punawale with total 7500 trees. FORREST organization collaborated with PCMC to create these forests with Miyawaki Technique.
These PCMC garden were out of ordinary, as these aims to create “urban forest”. Forests differ from plantation in density and diversity of species. The planting of trees five feet apart, never become forest and cannot provide benefits of forest.
Urban forest will reduce heat island effect, lower the temperature, absorb pollution, provide clean air, provide shelter for urban biodiversity & provide various other ecological benefits like soil and water conservation.
For creating the urban native forest trees of 100 species were selected and planted densely that match our natural forest systems. Native trees like Umbar ( Ficus racemosa), Kate savar (Bombax ceiba), Bahava ( Cassia fistula), Kadulimb ( Azadirachta india), Bakul (Mimusops elengi), Taman (Lagerstroemia indica), were some of the selected trees. Selected trees are medicinally important trees which are creating a healing microclimatic conditions in the vicinity. Forest trees are already attracting butterflies, bees and birds.
Thanks to PCMC officials and elective representatives this crucial change is happening in PCMC. This project is not only about beautifying our city but and giving benefits to community at large of their health, quality of life, and well-being – locally and globally.