Know all about plants at NMMC expo

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­ A woman sells veg­eta­bles and fruits at the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The tenth edi­tion of plant, flow­ers, fruits and veg­etable ex­hi­bi­tion and gar­den com­pe­ti­tion kicked of f at Won­ders Park in sec­tor 19 A in Nerul on Fri­day to raise aware­ness amongst the res­i­dents with re­spect to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Or­gan­ised by Tree Au­thor­ity of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), the three­day expo was in­au­gu­rated by mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane.

MLAs Manda Mha­tre and San­deep Naik were also present. The expo, en­try to which is free is open for vis­i­tors from 10 am to 9 pm. It will be held till Fe­bru­ary 21.

Hun­dreds of va­ri­eties of flow­ers, or­na­men­tal plants, in­door plants, cac­tus, bon­sai, var­ied veg­eta­bles and fruit plants are on dis­play.

Around hun­dred stalls have been put up at expo to in­form peo­ple about plant­ing trees, se­lec­tion of seeds, fer­til­iz­ers, meth­ods of wa­ter­ing, prun­ing, cut­ting plants.

Sev­eral top in­dus­tries, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, hous­ing so­ci­eties, NGOs along with a large num­ber of in­di­vid­ual tree lovers are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ex­hi­bi­tion-cum-com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion will be held among par­tic­i­pants in 21 dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories. Saplings, plants and flow­ers on dis­play at the ex­hi­bi­tion at Won­ders Park at Nerul on Fri­day.

S o n aw a n e said “N av i Mum­bai, touted as the city of 21st cen­tury, is on anvil of be­com­ing eco- city. NGOs, hous­ing so­ci­eties, schools, col­leges and tree lovers have made valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to NMMC’s en­deav­our to make Navi Mum­bai eco city.”

He said: “The civic body has been or­gan­is­ing the fruit and flower show for past nine years to make cit­i­zens aware about en­vi­ron­ment con­ser­va­tion, pro­vide them with an op­por­tu­nity to take a close look at di­ver­sity of city’s flora and fauna un­der one roof as well as pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists’ works to­wards pro­tec­tion of


Chan­drakant Tayde, as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, said: “Alert res­i­dents have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to make Navi Mum­bai eco city. Plant, flow­ers, fruits and veg­etable expo has help bring city res­i­dents un­der one roof. We want max­i­mum peo­ple to ben­e­fit from the expo.”

He said the civic body will plant trees at road di­viders, va­cant spots, vi­tal chowks in the city in com­ing days to beau­tify them and make the city more green.

“We wish to raise aware­ness about im­por­tance of tree plan­ta­tion. We want max­i­mum peo­ple to come for­ward to con­serve en­vi­ron­ment by tak­ing up tree plan­ta­tion,” said Tayde.

The clos­ing cer­e­mony of expo will be held on Sun­day at 5.30 pm. The win­ners of com­pe­ti­tion will be given prizes by the mayor.

Jayakar El­lis, pres­i­dent of Heart Foun­da­tion, said: “We have more than 20 mu­si­cal bands per­form­ing in the next three days from all over the re­gion and this is the first of its kind in Navi Mum­bai.”

He said: “The tim­ings are from 4pm to 10pm with the grand f inale hap­pen­ing on Sun­day. Through this ini­tia­tive the youth have as­sured us of their sup­port to spread aware­ness of So­cial Ini­tia­tive called “SEED” (Save Earth from Eter­nal Dam­age).”

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