Gardens are termed as lungs of the city. There are 134 gardens covering an area of 5.47 Lakh sq m area in NMMC. In the year 2006-2007, NMMC has completed work of re-development of 21 gardens. 2 gardens ( Vashi and Nerul zone each) are being developed as theme based gardens/parks and those are nearing to completion. There are 74,093 planted trees in NMMC area as on 2006 and same has been given on contact for maintenance for thee years. NMMC also provides tree samplings to the citizen for tree plantation. NMMC arranges various informative programmes to emphasis the importance of tree plantation for public awareness.
NMMC shall be spending Rs 753 lakhs for improvement, up gradation and maintenance of 134 gardens in 2006-07 and shall build a "Science Park" a new garden for children at sector-19 Nerul and at the back of Mayor bungalow on Parsik hill.
NMMC is involving private sector as well as NGOs for garden development, maintenance, tree plantation, traffic island beautification etc.
As per the requirements of Government of Maharashatra, Tree Authority has been established for NMMC area on May 16, 2001. Experts in the area of tree plantation have been nominated on the Tree Authority to continuously monitor the activities. Meetings of the Authority are convened after an interval of 45 days. Special care is taken by the Authority to stop illegal tree felling. It has been made obligatory to plant two trees for each tree cut in unavoidable circumstances.
A budget of 1.35 Crores has been proposed during 2007-08 for 45,000 tree plantation, detection squad for illegal tree felling, exhibition of flowers and fruits.
NMMC has carried out beautification of Traffic islands and development of few gardens on BOT basis through private participation. The same policy is to be continued on major scale this year.
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