- IRS Rohit Mehra works towards “Save the planet” initiative
- Rohit Mehra creates over 500 vertical gardens in Ludhiana using plastic waste
- At least 70 tonnes of waste plastic bottles were used as pots
In an attempt to combat the rising issue of air pollution, Additional Commissioner in the Income Tax Department, Rohit Mehra, made use of at least 70 tonnes of plastic waste to create vertical gardens in Ludhiana, Punjab.
Speaking to an Indian news agency, Asian News International (ANI), Rohit Mehra said, “Using at least 70 tonnes of waste plastic bottles as pots, we have set up more than 500 vertical gardens at public places.”
When asked how did this idea come to him, Mehra said, “Four years ago, my child told me that the school had declared holidays due to high air pollution,” and added, “This set me thinking. wondered why we could not even provide clean air to our children. The push came from there.”
The Additional Commissioner in the Income Tax (IT) Department said that he has set-up vertical gardens several public places such as Churches, Colleges, Government Offices, Gurudwaras, Police Stations, Railway Stations, and Schools.
Mehra said, It is a cost-effective and space-efficient solution for urban greenery. The vertical gardens also save the environment as you reuse plastic wastes as pots. Thanks to drip irrigation, these gardens save 92% water”.
Mehra pointed out how this initiative improves the Air Quality of the city saying, “A scientist from Punjab Agricultural University had conducted a study in the areas where there is a vertical garden and found 75% reduction in pollution as per the Air Quality Index (AQI) of the city”.
Mehra has earned himself the name of “Green Man” in Ludhiana and is gaining popularity by this name. He said, his aim for creating and establishing the vertical gardens was to send a message to the people so even they follow the same at the homes, offices and other places.