Miyawaki Planting Technique Transforms Navi Mumbai Landfill | Bombay News

Biodiversity has also improved with 12 types of snakes, over 35 varieties of birds and over 15 variants of butterflies.

NAVI MUMBAI: A landfill in Navi Mumbai’s Koparkhairane has been transformed into a garden using the Japanese Meyawaki technique. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) planted over 40,000 saplings last year with the help of the NGO Green Yatra at this site, which have now grown to 15ft tall trees.

“It’s a sight to behold…in just 10 months, the saplings reached 15 feet tall. The Japanese method of planting was assured to provide natural vegetation for a short time, regardless of the soil and climatic conditions, using scientific techniques,” said City Commissioner Abhijit Bangar.

NMMC conducted a soil test to prepare the planting site before planting the 40,000 saplings. A form of biomass fertilizer was then prepared and spread evenly over the soil.

Pradeep Tripathi, founder of Green Yatra, said a lot of thought has gone into maximizing the survival rate of each sapling. “So the 60 odd-numbered types of saplings planted on the three-acre plot have about 40% shrubs, canopy trees…then there are sub-trees planted on 30% of the garden area. With an appropriate support system and quantified biomass distribution, young trees now grow rapidly. »

Biodiversity has also improved with 12 types of snakes, over 35 varieties of birds, over 15 variants of butterflies. A member of the golden jackal family has also been sighted in the area. “Bird and animal sightings are an indicator of positive changes resulting from planting activity,” an official said.

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