‘Grow’ Green Spaces at Homes, Offices

In a bid to be more eco-conscious, city planners and community members have begun to invest in creating green spaces to start urban micro-farms and develop green office buildings. Hyderabadis can get on this bandwagon too, with some help from the GHMC

Published: 14th January 2014 10:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th January 2014 11:00 AM   |  A+A-

14green.jpgHyderabadis who have been living here for years will remember how green the city was more than a decade ago. But with development and the booming IT industry, the terrain, like in many other cities, has changed to that of a concrete jungle. To counter this the, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has put in motion quite a few green plans, like the proposed rose garden and the Japanese-styled garden. However, if you are impatient about waiting for these spaces to materialise, then how about creating your own garden at home?

Even though living spaces have become more compact, starting a garden in your balcony or on your terrace is one way to go about it. A popular kind of garden among many residents in metro cities, Hyderabadis are also a keen lot with green fingers. But the lack of technical know-how and the science of starting and maintaining a roof-garden has proven to be a deterrent.

This is where the GHMC has offered to step in again by providing all the background knowledge you need to get your garden blooming. The consultancy service will inspect the proposed location and help outline the garden plan, right from materials required to the kind of plants you can grow. Depending on the kind of plants you would prefer and the effort and attention required to sustain the garden, these consultants will help tailor the green space to your very specific needs and wishes. And the best part about all of this is that the professional help comes at no charge at all!

Besides the simple aesthetics of having plants grow within your living space, the advantages of a rooftop-garden are quite a few. On a micro-level, it provides a calm private space, fresh air and fresh produce, if you choose to grow plants like tomatoes, curry leaves, and so on. On a macro-level, the garden will help reduce storm-water run-off, reduce the heating and cooling costs during Summers, and also reduce pollutant particulates. As they will also be spaces that cannot be seen from the streets and accessible only by residents of these specific buildings, it will serve as a social space for community members to gather at.

Explaining the procedure, GHMC officials told Express that they would be issuing a notification shortly, inviting citizens who are seriously interested in setting up such gardens to submit their applications.

Once the applications are in, they will be processed and consultants hired by the GHMC will visit the these houses and study the roof area and interact with the house owners to know their interest in the kind of flowers and plants they wish to grow. Consultants will act as facilitator between GHMC and house owners, they added. 

Based on the information provided by these owners, the consultants will prepare a detailed sketch plan and hand over the same to the owners who will then have to purchase the required materials like sand, urea, fertilisers, and saplings as suggested by the consultants for starting the garden.

Pointing out that they had come across quite a few citizens who were interested in such gardens but didn’t know how to go about it, the GHMC informed that they wanted to promote and encourage house owners to go for such gardens on a large scale. Apart from other consultants, GHMC will also hire services of the Agri-Horticultural Society, Hyderabad.

Besides the mentioned advantages, the GHMC has also pointed advantages from a commercial point of view to incentivise not only residents but also businesses to invest in such gardens for their buildings.

A roof garden not only enhances aesthetics but also increases the market value of a loft. The garden can also be an added attraction to allure potential clients or new employees. And of course, these gardens create green spaces in an otherwise grey environment.


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