Creepers to be planted in vacant spaces under capital flyovers | Bhubaneswar News

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) has planned to decorate the vacant spaces under flyovers by planting flowering and non-flowering creepers of indigenous species to beautify the city roads.
BDA officials said since creepers grow fast and check soil erosion, they were selected for landscaping. Most of spaces under the city’s flyovers are vacant. “The flowering ones will add to colour vegetation. The roads will get an aesthetic look as creepers will expand their branches and leaves through the pillars of the flyover. The creepers also consume less space on the ground during plantation,” said an officer from BDA.
While survey is on to identify the flyovers, where the plantation will be taken up, the parks have been identified for creeper plantation.
“We will carry out creeper beautification in 11 parks, which include five big parks and six colony ones. Later, more parks will have creeper beautification. Besides, creepers will also be planted on the roadside (between the existing trees). The creepers usually make the cityscape presentable,” the officer added.
The flowering and non-flowering combination will catch the attention of the people. “Although we have non-flowering creepers in several parks, they are not appealing. We have selected indigenous species because they don’t need much maintenance,” said an officer from BDA’s horticulture department.
The BDA feels that quick growth of creepers will help increase green cover as during Cyclone Fani, city’s green cover bore the onslaught.
Besides, the city forest division has brought 10,000 tall seedlings from Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, for compensatory plantation to restore the greenery lost in the cyclone.

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