While the city is rapidly turning in to a concrete jungle, Deccan area is still considered to posses green cover of trees. However, a pilot project carried out by city based Smart Survey firm, shows that the number of trees in that area is lesser than the requirement.
The firm has developed an android-based software for tree census. It claims that the software will help conduct tree census in a much less time as compared to the manual process takes.
It took Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) more than five years to complete the tree census using the manual process wherein the civic body counted 32 lakh trees in the city.
Sandeep Gohad, director of Smart Survey, said, “The manual process requires nearly 10 minutes to take all the details of one tree as the surveyor has to fill up the details in prescribed format manually and then again feed all the details in the PMC’s server. But with the help of this software, it takes only one minute to fill up all the details as well as to feed the details in the server.”
Recently, the firm carried out pilot project of surveying trees in Sambhaji Park, Fergusson College Road and in Kothrud with the use of the software.
Gohad said, “The software helps in carrying out survey in a faster way. There is a formula which states how many trees are required in a particular area. The formula varies according to the residential area, roadside area and garden areas.”
As a part of the pilot project, the team had carried out the survey of Sambhaji Park and it showed that inspite of having many trees in the park, there are still lesser trees than the actual requirement.
The survey suggests that there are a total 491 trees in Sambhaji Park area with a deficit of 71 trees. The survey also shows that there are total 112 native trees and 306 exotic trees. The park has a total 52 different species of trees in the park.