In a move will help increase green cover in city to some extent and give relief to civic school students if implemented properly, a city corporator has come up with a proposal on tree plantation on playgrounds of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) corporator from Kurla Saeeda Khan has moved a proposal seeking to plant trees along playgrounds of BMC-run schools. BMC has 1,296 schools being run from 705 buildings. Out of these, around 576 schools have playground attached to them.
"The BMC has several big buildings with playgrounds attached to them. Children participate in sporting activities and also prayers and exercises of different types. However, many of these playgrounds do not have trees," Khan has said in the proposal.
The corporator has suggested BMC to plant trees on the periphery of the playgrounds in a way that they won't be a hindrance while playing. This move, she said, will help improve health of students and school staff. "Such a move should help increase volume of oxygen. Also, schools will look beautiful rather than barren," the councilor added.
The proposal is expected to be discussed by the education committee next week.
Additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani, who heads the education department, could not be reached for his version despite repeated attempts. Another civic official, who requested anonymity, said, "Let the committee first discuss the proposal. If the panel approves it, we will be happy to implement the idea."
According to civic activists, the idea is worth welcoming, but they expressed doubts over its execution.
"It is a good suggestion. But BMC should figure out what kind of trees need to be planted. Besides, the execution of the decision has to be proper. Previously, BMC had planted grass on grounds. But that experiment failed. So, the new proposal should not become another way of misusing funds," civic activist Rajkumar Sharma said.