The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)is planning to develop a mini forest on two acres of land in Chinchwadi, Laxmi Nagar. The forest named Oxygen Park will be developed under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) of the Union Ministry of Urban Development.The foundation stone for the project was laid by Pimpri-Chinchwad Mayor Nitin Kalje, along with members of the civic body, last week.
The Corporation plans to plant about 2,500 indigenous plants and trees in the park and there will be a recreating centre too within the park. Nearly 80 per cent of the garden will be covered with indigenous trees like, banyan, teak, coconut, Indian almonds, mango, jackfruit, black plum, gulmohar, neem, peepal, ashoka, papaya, palm, gooseberry and sandalwood. A yoga centre, an open gym, a dedicated jogger’s track and children’s play area too will be part of the park.
The Corporation will issue tenders for selecting plant suppliers and the project will be implemented by the Garden department of the Corporation. The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 1 crore, of which half will be borne by the Central government. The remaining amount will be equally contributed by the state government and the local body. The project is expected to be complete by Diwali this year.
AMRUT scheme was launched in June 2015 with the focus of the urban renewal projects is to establish infrastructure that could ensure adequate robust sewage networks and water supply for urban transformation. Some of the broad targets of AMRUT scheme are ascertaining that every one has access to tap water and sewerage facilities, greenery like parks and open spaces are well maintained, digital and smart facilities like weather prediction, internet and WiFi facilities, pollution reduction by encouraging the public for using cheaper but secure public transport etc. In Maharashtra AMRUT Scheme is being implemented across 22 municipal corporations and 20 municipal councils.