UPPCB urges industrial units in Ghaziabad to adopt ‘Miyawaki Plantation’

Ghaziabad has been ranked the second most polluted city in the world.

Miyawaki’s forests are self-sufficient and grow in two to three years.

Ghaziabad has been ranked the second most polluted city in the world, after the city of Bhiwadi in Rajasthan, according to the World Air Quality Report 2021, which is an annual air quality report provided by the Swiss organization IQ Air and was recently published.

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) announced on Monday that a clause regarding the Miyawaki plantation would be included in the consent protests for the operation of industrial units in Ghaziabad.

They also said the measure was taken by state authorities in an effort to optimize green spaces as well as carbon emissions and air pollution in the neighborhood.

Dr. Akira Miyawak, a Japanese expert in plant ecology and botanist, developed the Miyawaki planting method. By comparing the Miyawaki method to monoculture plantations, forests grown using the Miyawaki method have been shown to reduce noise and dust, improve carbon uptake, and add more green surface area. Plants should grow 30 times denser and 10 times faster using this method and have an average planting area of ​​150 square feet with 45 saplings.

State authorities ordered industrial units to adopt the Miyawaki plantation. They have included a new clause in the consent forms to operate from this year. As land in the district is scarce, units should adopt this method of planting and help promote this method. Some units, in collaboration with the municipal corporation, have already started their works, said Utsav Sharma, the regional office of the UPPCB.

In terms of high pollution levels, Ghaziabad has been listed as one of 16 non-compliant cities in Uttar Pradesh. Cities are designated as “not achieved” if they fail to meet national ambient air quality standards for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) or particulate matter (PM10) beyond five years.

Also, according to the Forest Survey of India (FSI) State of Forest Report 2021, there does not appear to be an increase in forested land in the district in 2019.

First published: March 29, 2022, 05:02 IST

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