MUMBAI: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has converted a massive plot of land being used to dump garbage and full of encroachments into a garden in Malad West.
Called the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Garden, the BMC has planted over 4,000 saplings in the park spread over 2.75 lakh square feet.
There were over 500 hutments on the plot which the BMC removed to create the garden located on Marve Road.
According to the BMC officials, the plot was taken over by the civic body in 2002 but was lying unused since then.
“This garden is now very popular among residents of Malad West area. Apart from trees, we have created pathways for walkers, installed a gazebo and even constructed a toilet for visitors,” said a senior civic official.
“There were around 550 hutments which were removed in 2014. Now, there is a 2km long mud pathway. Because of the different varieties of trees, many of which are medicinal, many botany students also visit the garden. It is very popular among butterfly watchers and bird watchers too,” the official said.
Officials said that the garden was opened in 2017 but it has become fully functional with the fully grown trees.