There are spaces around the city that are bound to catch the attention of commuters. Plants placed vertically at various junctions and pillars provide solace to the commuters and also provide the much-needed green spaces in the city. These vertical installations act as filtration units and have sprung up in places like Khairtabad, Begumpet, Basheerbagh, and Hi-Tech city. GHMC has announced that it is developing vertical gardens on 31 pillars of nine flyovers to control pollution, add to the aesthetic value of the city and reduce temperature.
Much of the work on this front has been done by Flora Designs LLP and they have installed vertical green spaces in places such as Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, pillars under Durgam Cheruvu cable bridge, metro rail tracks, hospitals, and several IT companies. Vertical gardens make use of space judiciously and this saves a lot of lands.
An internal drip irrigation system is used to water the plants regularly and the choice of plants depends on whether they are outdoor or indoor plants. If one has a vertical garden inside the house, they can go for money plants, syngoniums, etc.
For outdoors, petra, pandanus, and duranta work better. In fact, last year in 2020, Hyderabad was the only city to have been accorded Tree City of the World by Arbor Day Foundation and Food and Agricultural Organisation of United Nations.
With this recognition, Hyderabad has joined the list of cities that are committed to building happy, resilient, and healthy cities. The city received recognition in the second year of the Foundation’s program along with 51 other cities.