The Central Railway (CR) has determined to eliminate its
current system of rising greens on the empty land patches
alongside the railway tracks on its Mumbai suburban community and substitute
them with flowering shrubs and decorative vegetation, Trend studies citing The
The farming of greens alongside the tracks in one in all India’s
most crowded city conglomerate was as soon as a novelty, but it surely additionally
attracted criticism when it was discovered that in lots of locations
irrigation was supplied by drainage water flowing close by.
The transfer to switch the vegetable farms with flower beds will
beautify the railway route, officers mentioned, including that the plan is
to convey round 150 acres of railway land at round 115 places
within the Mumbai division beneath floriculture cultivation.
For the final a number of many years, inexperienced greens, resembling spinach,
fenugreek and okra, had been being cultivated on empty railway lands
alongside the tracks. To save these open areas from encroachment, the
railways had allowed its staff to hold out farming on lease
there beneath the ‘Grow More Food’ scheme.
However, objections had been raised when it got here to gentle that waste
water was usually used for irrigation.
The railway officers mentioned the cultivation of flowers alongside
the tracks will make the prepare journey extra nice for the
passengers and likewise finish the issue of rising greens utilizing
Shivaji Sutar, chief public relations officer of the Central
Railway, informed PTI that it has determined to not renew the prevailing
licences issued for vegetable cultivation on railway lands
“Instead, cultivation of flowers, medicinal herbs and decorative
vegetation can be permitted on the leased railway land and we have now
recognized round 150 acres of land at round 115 places in
Mumbai division of the Central Railway,” he mentioned.
Another railway official mentioned the CR had earlier invited
expression of curiosity (EOI) from people, corporations and
businesses, however they didn’t obtain anticipated response.
As per the EOI, the 150 acres of land is unfold throughout a number of
places on the CR’s suburban community. At some places like
Kharghar and Kopar Khairane in Navi Mumbai, the land used for this
goal is as massive as three to 4 acres.
He mentioned that that they had obtained responses from some
events, however they had been keen to arrange plant nurseries on railway
land as an alternative of cultivating flowers and different decorative or
medicinal vegetation and therefore the authorities turned down their
Apart from this, the railway goes to develop “green patches”
subsequent to the platforms of 125 suburban stations to beautify the realm
round them beneath the brand new coverage of the Railway Board.
Recently, the Indian Railway has give you a coverage for
beautification of its land into an “environment friendly area” with
the assistance of people, NGOs, trusts, charitable establishments,
company homes, authorities our bodies and self-help teams (SHGs)
with the participation of individuals.
Under the plan, the railways will give its land freed from value to
people, social organisations, NGOs and company homes and
they must develop inexperienced patches and keep them for a
yr. In return, they are going to be allowed to show their title on the
The official mentioned that they’ve already invited EOI for the
beautification of the method areas of suburban railway stations
and it’s scheduled to open by August 22 and a gathering is scheduled
a couple of days earlier than it.
According to the CR, the transfer won’t solely make the realm round
the station lovely and clear, but in addition deter passengers from
throwing rubbish on the tracks.
“Beautification of railway land will assist maintain the realm round
the tracks clear and delightful,” Sutar mentioned, including that barring a
few patches, the land is unfold round 125 suburban stations in