Ludhiana Railway Station becomes the first one to get a Vertical Garden

The joint initiative of the Ferozepur Division and the Income Tax department, Ludhiana was inaugurated by Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Ludhiana Binay K Jha and DRM (Divisional Railway Manager) Vivek Kumar on the occasion of Income Tax Day on Tuesday.

LUDHIANA: In a matter of pride for the city, Ludhiana has become the first railway station of the country to get a vertical garden. Joint initiative of the income tax department, Ludhiana and the Indian Railway’s Ferozepur division was inaugurated on the occasion of Income tax Day on Tuesday by chief commissioner of income tax, Ludhiana Binay K Jha and divisional railway manager (DRM), Vivek Kumar.

In the initial phase of the project more than 2000 waste plastic bottles containing different varieties of plants have been installed on the walls of the platform number one of the station. 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. According to railway authorities ever since the installation of the vertical garden the major problem of spitting pan masala , gutkha on walls of the platform has dipped significantly.

Meanwhile today’s inauguration ceremony at the railway station included a very special guest, Captain Pradeep Arya was a special guest on the occasion, Arya an IRS officer who apart from being additional commissioner of income tax is also commissioned in the territorial army and he is only IRS in the country to have received a Shaurya Chakra for his act of valor by eliminating a group of terrorists along with his team during an operation conducted in Kashmir. Additional commissioner Rohit Mehra who along with Jha is the brainchild behind this vertical garden project too was present on the occasion and explained about the project to the visiting dignatories.

Giving more information about the vertical garden project, CCIT Jha said, “We are happy that today Ludhiana has become the first railway station in the country to get a vertical garden. This garden is a very very special project for us as exactly one year ago on the occasion of income tax day 2017 we had launched a green plastic campaign from our office at Rishi Nagar by starting the work of making first vertical garden by using waste plastic bottles. Ever since that day there has been no looking back and one after another our green team has successfully installed such gardens at several locations in Ludhiana as well as other parts of the state. This green plastic project was started with the motive of giving something back to the society and nothing could have been better than solving one of the biggest problem of disposing off the hazardous plastic waste and along with it growing beautiful plants to spread green cover which is depleting everywhere. We are happy to get such level of cooperation from the Railways to install vertical garden at Ludhiana railway station and we are hopeful that through Indian railways which is biggest carrier in the world this project will grow by leaps and bounds”

According to Vivek Kumar, DRM Ferozepur, “This is a wonderful project and we are thankful to the IT officials for their suggestion and endeavor to make it possible on Ludhiana railway station. We will ensure that along with taking proper care and maintenance of the vertical garden at Ludhiana railway station we will also replicate this project at other stations and sites to spread greenery as far as possible.”

Under the green plastic initiative so far 2.50 lakhs of waste plastic bottles have been used to plant equal number of plants in different parts of Punjab. Some of the major landmarks where the project has been installed include IT department’s office located in Rishi Nagar, Ludhiana’s biggest Gurudwara Sri Dukh Niwaran Sahib and hundreds of government and private schools of the city.

Meanwhile IT department, Ludhiana today has also launched another unique initiative today to commemorate the income tax day. A free e-rickshaw service was flagged off today by department to ferry income tax assesses to commute from civil secretariat to its Rishi Nagar Office.