Over the past couple of years, the left bank canal of the River Mutha between the Prabhat, Bhandarkar and Agarkar Road has morphed from pretty much being a dump to now a beautiful garden. The area of about six acres now has lush green lawns, a jogging track and many trees. It’s like an oasis right in the heart of Pune city.
The Pune Municipal Corporation and an NGO, Hirwaee have been jointly running the project as yet. However maintaining the garden, caring for the trees, keeping it clean and free from encroachments is an ongoing challenge that requires the support of residents in the area.
It is critical that Pune citizens and especially residents from the Prabhat, Bhandarkar and Agarkar (BMCC) Road come forward to ensure that the garden not only sustains but also keeps getting better ever year. With this aim has been initiated the “Friends Of The Canal Garden” program. It’s an attempt to form a core team of people who care about the garden and wish to do their bit in improving their surroundings and the city.
The first meeting of this group is scheduled for 9 am on the 24th of August 2008. It will be held at the Prabhat Road end of the garden.
If you use and enjoy the garden and would like to contribute towards improving the Prabhat, Bhandarkar and Agarkar (BMCC) Road area of the city, do try and find the time to attend the meet.
Plan for the meet –
- A briefing on the history of the project, its execution and goals by a Hirwaee / PMC member.
- A briefing on the aims of the “Friends Of The Canal Garden” program
- Register those interested.
- A quick tour / We are trying to also make a tree plantation work out. (to be confirmed)
- Discussion / Suggestions / Comments
You might also want to look at my article about the garden – “How Trees & Birds Grabbed Prime Land In Pune City!” that was published in my column for the Herald.
You are highly encouraged to forward and share this info with any relevant persons. You can register for the meet at http://canal-garden-friends-pune.eventbrite.com/
Thanks. See you at the meet.
– Harshad Oak