Prayagraj residents would soon be able to enjoy greener surroundings and breathe cleaner air as the municipal corporation gets ready to increase the tree cover in the city using the famous Japanese Miyawaki technique. The Miyawaki technique involves the usage of DP manure, wood sawdust, vermicompost and insecticide as fertilisers for the soil.
The Prayagraj Municipal Corporation (PMC) will use the technique in the park near Garibdas Crossing in Transport Nagar (Zone-1). The park sprawls across an area of 1,100 square metre and was recently made free of encroachments. The civic agency plans to plants around 5,000 saplings in the park using the Japanese technique.
Invented by and named after Japanese botanist Akira Miyawaki, the Miyawaki method is a unique technique to grow forests. In this technique, dozens of native species are planted in the same area, close to each other. The technique ensures that the plants receive sunlight only from the top, and grow upwards rather than sideways.
PMC’s environment engineer Uttam Verma said, “The property is a public park, but local residents had encroached it since the past few years. We are would develop the park, plant more saplings and turn it into a state-of-the-art park for local residents.”
PMC has begun levelling ground. The plant varieties to be planted in the park would include Ashok, mango, bel, jungle jalebi, banyan, pakad, neem, jamun, arjun, teak, mulberry, amaltas, gulmohar, metropherum and amla.
"With the Japanese Miyawaki technique, the formation of a forest is faster by up to 20 years, which usually takes more than 100 years. If the results are fruitful, the technique will be implemented in other parts of the city as well."
"The soil layer will be around one-metre-deep, as per the requirement of this method after which the pits would be prepared for planting the saplings," said Verma.
He added that the saplings would be planted in an L-shaped pattern in the park , whereas the rest of the area would be developed as per the norms of the Smart City project.