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Restoration Of Green Cover Within A Short Span Post FANI: Learn From Mayfair Hotel


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21 May 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


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Bhubaneswar:  Cyclone Fani devastated most of the green cover along the coastal belt of Odisha,  thereby compelling the authorities to take up plantation drive to restore the greens. Though the government authorities have resolved to plant lakhs of saplings and take the plantation drive in a mission mode, it would take years to grow up and make the State green.

In such a scenario, the Mayfair group in Bhubaneswar has shown a new way of restoring the green cover within a short span of time. In a bid to restore the green barricade in and around the Mayfair lagoon, the group has taken a massive drive with planting 10,000 grown upto 10 years of age trees, which would result in large tree coverage within a few years.

Today the plantation was done on the Mayfair road connecting the Biju Patnaik College and Gangadhar Mehar Road in the presence of government officers including Development Commissioner Asit Tripathy, Sports, Tourism and Culture Secretary Vishal Dev, BMC Commissioner Samarth Verma, Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty and PCCF Sandeep Tripathy. Each of them planted a tree to support the drive for the plantation.

Mayfair Group is known to transplant large trees before start of its new properties, and Odisha can learn the trick to restore quick greenery, but it has its own drawbacks. It is quite costly to acquire grown up trees, and expertise is needed to re-plant those trees so that they live.

Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director of Mayfair Hotel said, “These fast-growing trees, ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 15000, have been brought from nurseries of Odisha, Calcutta and Rajahmundry. This will have a lot of benefits including providing shade to people, pollution cleansing and beautification. We are also thankful for the Government’s support in this.”

Vishal Dev, Odisha Tourism Secretary said, “Bhubaneswar was known to be one of the greenest cities of the country. After Cyclone FANI, it is not the same. This initiative taken by Mayfair to plant 10,000 trees is truly praise-worthy.”

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Souvagya Mohapatra, Executive Director, Mayfair Hotel

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Vishal Dev, Tourism Secretary, Odisha

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Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner, Odisha