Vertical garden to come up soon in Chennai area

By G Srinivasan Published on Jul 10, 2018 12:41 PM IST

Chennai: Ever since the Smart City project was earmarked for T Nagar, in the city, developmental work is being seen at various public places like parks and streets.

Adding to this, the city Corporation is now planning for a vertical garden at the pier area of GN Chetty Road flyover that is covered under the Smart scheme.

Speaking to News Today, an official of Chennai Smart City Limited (CSCL), said, “It will be like the ones developed at cities like Bengaluru, Surat and few other parts of the country. Creepers and flowering plants will be grown along with the piers of the flyover to reduce carbon footprint in the area.”

It is to be noted that the facility which was constructed in 2009 with 20 piers, is now a picture of increased congestion and pollution levels, thanks to the several large scale establishments that have made the street their home for their expansion activities.

“The garden will not only beautify the grade separator but will also prevent defacing of piers. The work under the Smart City plan is already underway at several parks and streets, apart from the multilevel parking facility. Now, this process for this vertical garden too will commence simultaneously in the area,” she pointed out.

“This will be a first-of-its-kind in the city. Later, similar green spaces will come up in several commercial locations in the city,” said another official of the civic body, who added, “Without affecting the main structure, a separate steel frame will be erected around the piers for developing the garden.”

The proposed green space will be covered under Corporation ward 136 and 117, it is learnt.

Welcoming the initiative, Krishnaswamy, a commuter here, said, “It is a good eco-friendly move in the vicinity of the flyover, as the green surroundings will benefit commuters who wait at the signal on the Dr Nair Road-Thirumalai Road junction.”

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?

At first, an agency will be appointed to develop the garden and maintain it for the first three months. Thereafter, the civic body will take care of activities like watering, pruning and applying manure.