G20 in Pune : PMC’s plan to install artificial plants faces criticism: now plans to purchase 300 native plants

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Pune: After facing flak over the decision to purchase potted plants and ornamental trees of exotic species worth lakhs of rupees to beautify roads and bridges for the G20 summit in Pune, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided not to buy the foreign trees. Instead, 300 native tree pots will be purchased.

As per information, due to the G20 summit in the city, the PMC has decided to beautify five major roads in the city which  includes making flower beds on the road dividers, trimming trees, planting native trees and many more. The flower bed work will start from 16 June. During hot summer, the life of flower beds on dividers is going to be only four to five days. Rs 3 crores will be spent on this work. On the other hand, separate tenders of Rs 49 lakh each have been floated for pots and trees to be planted in the flower beds. 

Both the meetings of the ‘G20 Conference will be held in two phases – From 12 to 14 June and 19 to 22 June. 

Shreyas Vange