The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to turn aesthetic by following ‘one road, one tree (species)’ concept. It has been opted to not only enhance the beauty and fight pollution but also serve as a road map for the commuters.
Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Social Forestry) Prabhakar Dubey said that while the trees would be planted and maintained by the Urban Development department, the onus of planning would be on the Forest department.
The Forest department officials have selected the species, which are being raised in nurseries and will later be handed over to the Urban Development department.
Dubey said the matter was still at the planning stage but it would be implemented from monsoon this year.
Under this concept, which is being used in several cities, trees of one flowering species are planted on the highway or a street and the foliage or the bloom helps people in identifying specific areas.
The official added that they had followed the concept for some roads in Lucknow earlier as well, and this time the technique would be used to cover the entire capital city.
In 2015-16, rows of mulsarry (Mimusops elengi) or Maulshree tree were planted along Raj Bhawan for aesthetic appeal. It is a prized ornamental specimen with small, shiny leaves.
Meanwhile, the golden bell (Tabebuia argentea), a tropical flowering tree with a crooked trunk and trumpet-shaped bright yellow flowers, were planted on the stretch between Hazratganj and Raj Bhawan.
Several other varieties like Tabebuia with violet-pink flowers were planted on Vikramaditya Marg while the silk floss (Chorisia speciosa), were planted in Gomti Nagar with its pink floral crown in winters.
Another benefit of these trees with dense foliage is that they will reduce pollution in cities.