Ludhiana, Feb 22, 2021: In an innovative and a much needed step, an IRS officer from Punjab has started a tree ambulance and clinic service to cater to the needs of trees and plants that are either rotten or unhealthy.
Punjab: Rohit Mehra from Amritsar has started tree ambulance & clinic service at his residence.— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2021
"We’ve collaborated with experts & provide different services for trees that need healing. Trees also have life as proven by our scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose,"he said
While we take care of the trees and potted plants at home on a regular basis, the vegetation outside our houses don’t always get favourable conditions and at times there are other detrimental factors harming their growth such as termites and insects and this is where Ludhiana-based IRS officer Rohit Mehra comes in. Famous as the Green man of India, Mehra is already known for his exemplary work where he successfully created 75 human-made forests. Panning across India, the ‘mini-forests’ range from 2,000 square feet to 66,000 square feet in area in about three years.Speaking to news agency ANI about his latest work, Mehra said, "We’ve collaborated with experts & provide different services for trees that need healing. Trees also have life as proven by our scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose."
Punjab: Using waste plastic, an IRS officer sets up Vertical Gardens to tackle air pollution in Ludhiana.— ANI (@ANI) December 20, 2020
"Using at least 70 tonnes of waste plastic bottles as pots, we’ve set-up more than 500 vertical gardens at public places," says Rohit Mehra, Addl Commissioner, Income Tax pic.twitter.com/LN6BYjb6VU
Mehra’s project is being termed as the world’s first tree hospital and provides healing solution for all trees and saplings and even includes difficult procedures such as tree transplants. Mehra’s team consists of experts like botanists and tree lovers.
His earlier prominent projects have been equally off the beaten track and has helped reduce plastic pollution.
He used 70 tonnes of discarded plastic bottles to act as planting pots for vertical gardens in Ludhiana.Aimed at reducing waste of plastic and also as an attempt to reduce air pollution, Mehra said under his instructions, the vertical gardens have come up in many places including schools, colleges, gurudwaras, churches, police stations, government offices and railway stations.
To understand the complexities involved in growing and sustaining of trees, Mehra studied ancient Indian texts like the Vrikshayurveda that talks about the science of growing plants and forest. He also stumbled across the Japanese technique of Miyawaki.
Mehra is also credited with the idea of Nanak vans, his tribute to honour Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. He was the first to plant vertical gardens in the region at the Ludhiana Ayakar Bhawan.