Ludhiana has become the first railway station of the country to get the vertical garden on platform number 1 using 2,000 waste plastic bottles.

All the bottles have been connected with state-of-the-art drip irrigation system, which releases only the required amount of water in the bottles, according to the timing set. As per the railway authorities, the amount of pan masala and gutkha splitting on the platform walls have been reduced alot also it helps in controlling air pollution by eliminating ultra-fine dust pollutants that can easily enter a human body that lead to several health problems. Besides this, the green walls also absorb the heat and bring the temperature by 2-3 degrees and also helps in reducing the noise levels.

Giving more information about the vertical garden project, chief commissioner of Income Tax (CCIT-Ludhiana) Binay K Jha who had inaugurated on the occasion of Income Tax Day in 2018 said: “The vertical garden at the railway station is a very special project for them, as exactly a year ago on the occasion of Income Tax Day 2017, they had launched a green plastic campaign from our office at Rishi Nagar by starting the work of making the first vertical garden using waste plastic bottles. Ever since that day, there has been no looking back.”

In the green plastic initiative over 2.50 lakh of waste plastic bottles have been used to plant an equal number of plants in different parts of Punjab. Some of the major plces where green plastic initiative has been initiated includes IT department’s office in Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana’s biggest gurdwara Sri Dukh Niwaran Sahib, and hundreds of government and private schools in the city. Not only this the IT Department of the city has been flagged off a free e-rickshaw service.

Source- The Times of India